In every child, there is a treasure trove of undiscovered interests and abilities. For some children, however, the opportunities to develop, learn and find their strengths are not always readily available.
It began in 2013, when we encountered Primary School children from lower-income families in Singapore who could not recognise the alphabet, write their own names nor count accurately to 20. Tracing back, we realised that these children were already ‘behind’ their better-off peers in pre-school! We decided that we could help to close this gap.
We started by developing and trialing an intervention-based literacy and numeracy volunteer-based programme with a charity in Commonwealth. This became our flagship Early Learning Programme (ELP) for 6-8 year olds. As the ELP grew, we designed, “road-tested” and improved our teaching materials through the 1000s of lessons that were conducted. We started with physical teaching tools, then designed levelled workbooks and developed a whole slew of digital (Powerpoint-based) materials during COVID.
We created “Learning Vessels” as a social enterprise to provide these learning products (our labour of love!) to parents, educators and other charities that we believe could benefit from them. The profits we generate go towards longer-term support for our charity programmes. Through our partner, EDIS Cares, we have also worked to meet other critical needs for children or youth from other age groups. Since 2014, we have had the privilege to work with over 8 charity partners and have impacted close to 1,200 underprivileged children to date!