• Pritam Singh

Bursary for P5/P6 students in AHTC

Some months ago, I met Ashu, a Singapore PR and Eunos resident sitting on a bench near Blk 101 as I went about my estate walk. He shared details about an online learning platform, Explico - AI Enabled Education Assessment which he co-founded, and the company’s aim to target and scale into markets from India to Indonesia.

At the same time, Explico wished to make a local contribution to help low-income Singaporean students, at the upper-primary levels improve outcomes in English, Maths and Science. Explico has an interesting assessment tool which identifies specific areas which a student is weak in so as to more acutely focus remedial work. And as if the world wasn’t small enough, and unknown to me, the serial educational entrepreneur of Singapore and former WP NCMP, Yee Jenn Jong 余振忠 is actually part of the Explico team!

After some discussions with Ashu and his co-founder Sandesh, and in collaboration with the The WP Community Fund - a registered local charity - we have launched a 6-month bursary program targeted at Primary 5 and Primary 6 students who (a) reside within Aljunied-Hougang Town; AND (b) who are on the MOE Financial Assistance Scheme OR whose households are on the Blue CHAS card.

There was a catch though. What if an eligible student does not have a laptop/desktop for online learning purposes? I reached out to a friend from my NUS days, Johann Annuar of Engineering Good. Johann is an incredible Singaporean and amongst his many achievements in the past has been a stint as a refugee camp manager for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières in Kenya. During the COVID-19 lockdown period in particular, Engineering Good refurbished old laptops and distributed them to low-income students. Engineering Good were positive about supporting the Explico/WPCF bursary collaboration effort aimed at low-income Primary 5 & 6 students.

Over time, the team and I hope to secure donations to expand this bursary effort but let’s see how this pilot bursary program works in AHTC. Do look out for the notices on the lift car notice boards in Eunos and across our rental blocks in AHTC!

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