Needy children get mentors to help them read, level up in life

Primary 2 pupils from Westwood Primary with their buddies from Hwa Chong Institution earlier this year. The Young Student Programme, now in its seventh year, has benefited about 150 Westwood Primary pupils.
Primary 2 pupils from Westwood Primary with their buddies from Hwa Chong Institution earlier this year. The Young Student Programme, now in its seventh year, has benefited about 150 Westwood Primary pupils.PHOTO: WESTWOOD PRIMARY SCHOOL

A chat about retirement by six former classmates and colleagues in their late 50s led them right back to primary school.

The group - most of whom were classmates at Raffles Girls' School or former colleagues in a local bank - decided that when they left the rat race, they would help children who needed the most support.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 15, 2019, with the headline 'Needy children get mentors to help them read, level up in life'. Subscribe