Monday, 13 April 2015

[Straits Times] Students can learn much from fund raising

THOUGH not examinable, fund raising is as much an aspect of education as mathematics and science ("Carnival tickets: Students feel sales 'pressure' "; last Saturday).

Grasping its fundamentals will stand our children in good stead for the working world. After all, it is about setting targets and meeting them - which often requires not just a step, but a leap out of our comfort zones.

It is a reality we should not shield our children from. Raising and managing money in a variety of ways is a life skill they should all acquire. And if humility is a trait they develop in the process, then so much the better.

I applaud the school principal for speaking out of the courage of his convictions.

A school is a structured community a child is placed in. The opportunity to play his part is a privilege.

The sense of belonging that arises out of his shared efforts is wholesome soul food not easily available elsewhere during the teenage years.

When he belongs, he begins to value the relationships he has developed and feels a sense of responsibility to them. This is necessary to his growth as a person.

Building on the realisation that he is in a symbiotic continuum with those who have gone before, and those who will come after, etches the marks of character deeper. The routine course of challenges should not hinder the way forward.

Working together on a carnival fosters a unity of purpose he should be exposed to while he is young; he will appreciate the experience later in life.

Emilyn Tan Lay Soon (Madam)