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New Character and Citizenship Education Centre to Deepen Research in Pedagogy and Practice

Published Date: 30 May 2023 10:30 AM

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To further Singapore's expertise and capabilities in Character and Citizenship Education (CCE), the Ministry of Education (MOE) and National Institute of Education (NIE) have jointly established the Singapore Centre for CCE.

2. Located within the NIE, the Singapore Centre for CCE is the first of its kind in the region, set up to advance professional learning and research in CCE to support the holistic development of children and youth. The Centre will be led by Professor Tan Oon Seng, 65, who is currently Dean of Special Projects at NIE. A former Director of NIE from 2014 to 2018, Professor Tan has played a significant role in enhancing teacher education and revitalising NIE's training programmes to raise the image and professionalism of teachers.

3. The Centre aims to bring together local and international experts as consultants and collaborators in research to support the professional development of student teachers at NIE and in-service teachers. In particular, the Centre will conduct educational research in CCE with emphasis on classroom practice and pedagogy in the Singapore context. The Centre also aims to collaborate with schools to develop new and innovative ways to enhance learning in CCE.

4. The new Centre was launched by Minister for Education Mr Chan Chun Sing at the opening of the 11th Teachers' Conference and ExCEL Fest 2023 today.

Introduction of Minister's Innovation Award

5. In line with MOE's continued focus on promoting innovation in education, Minister Chan also presented the inaugural Minister's Innovation Award at this year's Teachers' Conference.

6. As the Ministry's pinnacle innovation award, it aims to recognise innovations with large scale, system-level sustainable impact from across MOE HQ, schools and MOE's statutory boards. The Award complements the existing MOE Innergy Award, which recognises individuals and teams at the ministry level for developing and implementing innovations with significant benefits or impact in their workplaces, and the MOE Outstanding Innovator Award, which recognises individuals who have been key influencers of innovation in their workplaces or beyond.

7. A total of six projects received the Minister's Innovation Award for the year 2022 at this year's Teacher's Conference. Award-winning projects include the Singapore Student Learning Space, which is one of MOE's key initiatives to transform teaching and learning experiences through technology, and the Redevelopment of Yusof Ishak Secondary School's Campus in Punggol, which served as a pilot project to inform infrastructural design for schools of the future (Please refer to Annex for the list of award-winning projects).

8. The MOE Innergy and MOE Outstanding Innovator Awards for 2022 were presented to 200 teams and 15 individuals respectively.

About the Teachers' Conference and Excel Fest

The Teachers' Conference is organised biennially by MOE for teachers to learn together as a fraternity. Held from 30 May to 1 June 2023, this year's conference is the first edition that has adopted a blended format, incorporating online and onsite learning. It features an innovative virtual world where participants can visit an online exhibition and view poster galleries showcasing innovative teaching practices.

The theme of this year's conference, 'Ignite Imagination, Empower Communities, Transform Practice', will provide local educators with opportunities to learn, connect and engage with thought leaders and practitioners through masterclasses, seminars, and learning journeys.