Another Week Beyond – 1949

Vairam Gopalakrishnan Another Week Beyond, Children and youth, Family Leave a Comment

Dear Friends, In my note last week, I reflected on how we could honour parents as the child’s first educators.  I considered getting parents to teach music and other subjects that drew children’s attention to the strengths and beautiful things within their families, communities and culture. I also suggested using the stories of parents and families to convey values where …

Another Week Beyond – 1948

Vairam Gopalakrishnan Another Week Beyond, Children and youth Leave a Comment

Dear Friends, When asked to say a few words at the beginning of the graduation ceremony of our Healthy Start Child Development Centre, I was caught off guard and spurted out what came to mind.  After thanking everyone for their presence, I must have caused some awkwardness. I admitted that the one thing I did not quite enjoy about the …

Another Week Beyond – 1947

Vairam Gopalakrishnan Another Week Beyond, Children and youth, Community, Family Leave a Comment

Dear Friends, A study of 147,004 patients conducted by the Singhealth Regional Health System   reviewing the period 2012 to 2017, found that those who lived in rental housing were 1.57 times more likely to die in the period, compared with those who were living elsewhere.   Public rental housing was an independent risk factor for all-cause mortality. This statistic hit home …

Another Week Beyond – 1940

Vairam Gopalakrishnan Another Week Beyond, Children and youth, Community, Family Leave a Comment

Dear Friends, A year ago, we broached the idea that   “Families, not services, lead change” (AWB – 1839) to several families and we are glad that 11 of them have signed up for the Community Independence Project (CII).  These families have been divided into 2 groups and they each received a tablet PC to login onto an online journal that …

Another Week Beyond – 1937

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Dear Friends, On 21 Nov 2014, we received an email from Darren Tan who informed us that he had attended a kindergarten run by the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary as well as many of the activities we were running in the 70s and 80s.  He lived a stone’s throw from our previous office at Block 44, Beo Crescent and was …

Another Week Beyond – 1934

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Dear Friends, “What is effective supervision and guidance?” A young colleague who was supporting the youth leaders of our outdoor adventure club realised that it is not just giving instructions and expecting those listening to simply follow.  Having observed how much effort the leaders had been putting into organising an “Amazing Race,” she was concerned that they would be deeply …

Another Week Beyond – 1932

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Dear Friends, To subtly introduce concepts such as colours, diversity, individuality and choice, the uniform at our Healthy Start Child Development Centre comes in a range of pastel colours.  However, shorts come in navy blue for all and every T-shirt though different in colour is printed uniformly with the school’s motif.  This feature evokes curiosity among parents and the children, …

Another Week Beyond – 1931

Vairam Gopalakrishnan Another Week Beyond, Children and youth, Community Theatre, Forum Theatre Leave a Comment

Dear Friends, 6 years ago, to get young people into a meaningful discussion about teenage pregnancy, we cooperated with Babes Pregnancy Crisis Support to run a series of forum theatre performances. Together with the support of volunteers trained in drama, a colleague put together a play that got both adults and young people in a difficult but meaningful conversation.  The …

Another week Beyond – 1930

Vairam Gopalakrishnan Another Week Beyond, Children and youth, Family Group Conference, Restorative Justice Leave a Comment

Dear Friends, Since March this year, parents from 2   families found it extremely awkward whenever they bumped into each other. Both mothers were also involved in our baking projects, but they cooperated dutifully in the interest of finishing the work. So, it was much relief to both families that they are on speaking terms once again after attending a family …