Better facilities, more classes at relocated CDAC Centre in Woodlands

(From left) Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Mr Ong Ye Kung, Mr Alex Yam, Mr Amrin Amin, Lim Xin Ying and her grandmother Madam Cha Ah Kiew at the official opening of the relocated Chinese Development Assistance Council at
(From left) Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Mr Ong Ye Kung, Mr Alex Yam, Mr Amrin Amin, Lim Xin Ying and her grandmother Madam Cha Ah Kiew at the official opening of the relocated Chinese Development Assistance Council at Woodlands. ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
Ms Xu Yang (sitting) and Ms Dong Li, both volunteer Chinese teachers, teaching a class at the official opening of the relocated Chinese Development Assistance Council at Woodlands.
Ms Xu Yang (sitting) and Ms Dong Li, both volunteer Chinese teachers, teaching a class at the official opening of the relocated Chinese Development Assistance Council at Woodlands. ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
Ms Dong Li, a volunteer Chinese teacher, and Mr Ong Ye Kung, Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills), at the official opening of the relocated Chinese Development Assistance Council at Woodlands.
Ms Dong Li, a volunteer Chinese teacher, and Mr Ong Ye Kung, Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills), at the official opening of the relocated Chinese Development Assistance Council at Woodlands. ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

SINGAPORE - The Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC) centre in Woodlands now offers better facilities and more classes, after moving to a new location that is just a five-minute walk from Admiralty MRT station.

The new centre at Block 680 Woodlands Avenue 6 has registered 300 new members since it moved from its former premises at Woodlands Street 31 in November 2015, the CDAC said at the centre's official opening on Sunday (April 10).

"The current site, with more new HDB flats and close proximity to pre-schools, childcare centres, primary and secondary schools, will allow the centre to serve more of our targeted students and their parents," said a spokesman.

The centre conducts programmes and activities for students, workers and residents, with fee subsidies for the needy.

While slightly smaller than its former 311 sq m premises at Woodlands Street 31, the new centre boasts of improved facilities and more enrichment classes, such as a computer lab with laptops, and a learning programme for needy primary school pupils.

At the event, Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung said that with more classrooms and better facilities, the centre will be able to reach out to more students, as well as embark on more programmes targeting families and low-skill and low-income workers.

The Woodlands centre is one of 13 CDAC centres located across the heartland.

Housewife Seah Ah Peng, 54, who attended a SkillsFuture information session at the opening event, said she was happy about the centre's new location.

"It is very convenient, only 15 minutes' walk from my house."