Six Young Educators Receive National Award for Dedication in Nurturing Students

Published Date: 07 July 2021 03:30 PM

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1. In recognition of their unwavering dedication to teaching, six young teachers received the Outstanding Youth in Education Award (OYEA) 1 from Second Minister for Education, Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, at the National Institute of Education (NIE) Teachers' Investiture Ceremony held virtually on Wednesday, 7 July 2021. The recipients are (not in order of merit):

  • Ms Ou Xin Ying, 30, Farrer Park Primary School;
  • Mr Mohamad Faisal Bin Jamain, 33, Qifa Primary School;
  • Mr Koh Kar Loong Kenneth, 32, Catholic High School (Secondary);
  • Mr Victor Gan Yi Xiang, 30, Nan Hua High School;
  • Ms Moritza Lim Fang Min, 30, Serangoon Secondary School; and
  • Mr Ng Jia Jun Justin, 30, Springfield Secondary School.

2. These six recipients have demonstrated a strong belief that education is about developing students holistically, including cultivating future-ready students with strong problem-solving skills, nurturing resilient students and critical thinkers who are able to empathise with others, and helping students discover the joy of learning.

3. These young teachers have worked closely with other stakeholders in achieving these educational outcomes, employing innovative pedagogical approaches and leveraging technology to engage their students in meaningful learning experiences. Some of these experiences include setting up virtual learning journeys for their students, using games and apps to assess their students' learning, and creating opportunities for their students to connect with one another and learn life skills in the process.

4. The OYEA recipients were selected from 13 finalists (Annex) by a selection panel comprising representatives from MOE, NIE, the National Youth Council, and members of MOE's COMPASS (COMmunity and PArents in Support of Schools) group. In total, there were 4,143 nominations from schools and members of the public, for 1,654 teachers from 272 schools.

5. Besides honouring the achievements of young educators, OYEA aims to inspire youths to take up teaching as a fulfilling profession. The OYEA recipients will each receive a trophy and a citation certificate. They will also be fully sponsored to attend an overseas professional development programme2. After this programme, they will be able to share their professional learning with the education fraternity.


Footnotes
  1. The OYEA is a national award that recognises young teachers for their commendable enthusiasm, energy, and active involvement in youth development. Since its inception in 1999, 90 outstanding young educators – including this year’s recipients – have received the award.

  2. Recipients can choose to postpone their overseas trips to a later date or attend online conferences.

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