Uplifting Children from Disadvantaged Households

Uplifting Children from Disadvantaged Households

by REACH Singapore

29 Oct 2018 03:36PM

Second Minister for Education Ms Indranee Rajah will head a new inter-agency task force, UPLIFT – “Uplifting Pupils in Life and Inspiring Families Taskforce.” The eight-member taskforce will focus on three areas: to improve students’ motivation; tackle long-term absenteeism and drop-out rates; and step up parent outreach and parenting programmes to empower families from less privileged backgrounds.

The taskforce seeks to review and recommend strategies to support children from disadvantaged families. Minister Indranee Rajah stated that “these students have the potential to do so much better, and we want to help them achieve that potential. We must ascertain the gaps and identify what exactly is preventing them from doing well."

UPLIFT will consult stakeholders such as school staff, students, parents and social workers. The taskforce would also work with community partners to create solutions and interventions which are sustainable in the long-term.

Source: “New inter-agency task force to help uplift children from disadvantaged homes”, The Straits Times, 29 October 2018.

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