Press Release 16 Nov 2022


Sponsored by The Leading Foundation, which was co-founded by Professor Lim Siong Guan and Ms Joanne H. Lim, the Leading Foundation Teacher Award presentation will be held on Friday, 18 November 2022. The National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NIE NTU), is holding the ninth Leading Foundation Teacher Award to honour four exemplary early childhood and special needs educators who have made significant contributions to the well-being and education of their students.

Ms Lim will present the award to four passionate and dedicated educators in the fields of Early Childhood Education and Special Education. Each award winner will receive a cash award of S$2,500 and an award certificate.

The award recipients have consistently exemplified their passion for teaching and learning, through exceptional dedication and commitment to make a difference in the lives of children under their care. By creatively applying their pedagogical skills and unique experiences at their workplace, they were able to bring out the best in every student as well as achieve their learning outcomes.

To commemorate the occasion, Professor Lim shared his vision on the future of early childhood and special needs education that Singapore must be committed to helping every Singaporean child be the best he or she can be according to his or her talents and abilities. This applies to students in all circumstances and, in particular, to early childhood and special needs education, where teachers not only need to have the skills to deliver the lessons well, but also have the heart to never give up in doing their best for each and every child.”

Associate Professor Caroline Koh, Head, Psychology and Child & Human Development Academic Group agreed that “there has been a renewed emphasis on the need to build a more inclusive society. In NIE, research and teaching have supported the need for early intervention for children with special needs. We hope that the LFTA will serve as a platform for educators from the Early Childhood and Special Education sectors to come together and work towards enhanced inclusivity in the early childhood years.”