SINGAPORE - Mendaki Sense, the training arm of self-help group Yayasan Mendaki, has launched a camp aimed at getting secondary school students to be more aware of the educational and career options ahead of them.
The first run of the Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Lifeskills for Youth camp began on Monday (June 13) and was attended by 45 students from secondary schools around the island.
Mendaki Sense intends to run the camp, which focuses on building students leadership and entrepreneurial skills, annually during the June and December school holidays.
"We want to train them to become leaders, develop their character and enhance their social emotional learning," said Mendaki Sense executive director Mr Mohamed Heikal Mohamed Yusope.
On Wednesday (June 15) afternoon, as part of the camp's aim to build the students' community spirit, they packed and distributed porridge to worshippers at Al-Ansar Mosque in Eunos.
Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, who attended the event, said the camp was to expose them to the skills they would need in the future.
"I think it's important to get kids who are still in secondary school, before they make firm choices about their career, to understand the landscape they will be participating in," he said.
As part of the camp the students also attended a seminar on Wednesday afternoon on SkillsFuture and the new economy chaired by MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC Mr Saktiandi Supaat, who also heads the Future Ready advisory committee for Yayasan Mendaki.