He is 'Mr Vic' to children, counsellor to their parents

Children from low-income families at NTUC's My First Skool have added support: child-enabling executives who look after their well-being and ensure regular school attendance. The executives also do house visits to understand families' needs better.
Mr Vicnesh Mathavan, a child-enabling executive at NTUC First Campus, has helped Madam Noridah Abdul Rahman with paperwork for financial aid and primary school registration, and household needs such as milk powder. Madam Noridah's daughter Nurul is i
Mr Vicnesh Mathavan, a child-enabling executive at NTUC First Campus, has helped Madam Noridah Abdul Rahman with paperwork for financial aid and primary school registration, and household needs such as milk powder. Madam Noridah's daughter Nurul is in Kindergarten 2 at My First Skool.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

NTUC First Campus has six executives who help needy pre-schoolers and their families

Ask Mr Vicnesh Mathavan about his job at My First Skool centre in Chin Swee Road and he will rattle off stories about parents, their hopes for their children and the many problems they face, from family violence to depression.

The 39-year-old wears different hats: He is friendly "Mr Vic" to the pre-schoolers, and is also counsellor and social worker to their parents.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 21, 2019, with the headline 'He is 'Mr Vic' to children, counsellor to their parents'. Print Edition | Subscribe