Inspiring one child at a time

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Research has shown that children from lower-income families typically lag behind in the areas of reading and literacy, among other academic domains. By providing a child with more opportunities and exposure, the child’s developmental growth can be enhanced and also empowered to go beyond what he/she thinks he/she can achieve.  

SRT Student Education Fund provides the opportunity for children from lower-income families to attend theatre performances. The experience will provide them with a chance to engage in a social-transformative experience, get entertained, raise their aspirations and cultivate hope. 

How do children benefit from watching live theatre?

CURIOSITY. Children have a natural sense of curiosity and are drawn to the magic of live performance where characters and stories are brought to life in ways that differ greatly from what they see on screen.
FOCUS. Live performances often require a child to sit and focus for an hour or more which teaches them that one scene can be entertaining and engaging without changing every 3-4 seconds. Sitting quietly, focusing and paying attention are key life skills that are not easily learnt elsewhere. 
COMMUNICATION. Watching a play shows children how individuals interact in a conventional way and teaches them new language and vocabulary and the subtleties of physical expression and body language.
IMAGINATION. A child's imagination needs constant stimulation to allow them to grow, learn and play. Theatre is arguable one of the best mediums to allow a child to explore the endless possibilities of their imagination.

Additional benefits for children from lower-income families:

  • Promotes health and wellbeing
  • Exposes to a culturally enriching world
  • Improves self-confidence (that they are not lagging behind peers)

Since its inception in 2012, SRT Student Education Fund has inspired more than 12,000 children with the magic of theatre.  There are a lot more children who have yet to watch a live theatre. 

SEF beneficiaries from this year include:

PAP Community Foundation (PCF), Sonshine Childcare, Dyslexia Association of Singapore, Autism Association of Singapore, Care Corner, Community Chest, LOVE, NILS and Ain Society. Click here for the list of beneficiaries that have been supported by SRT over the years.

Feedback:

“Many of our children would not have been able to afford such experiences if not for the generosity of the SRT and the donors of the Student Education Fund. We are sure our young children would cherish and benefit from the exposure to theatre with a strong educational value as part of their early childhood learning journey.” – PCF

“They were humming and singing the song even after the show. The pupils were able to make links with other texts, analyse characters and describe them using appropriate vocabulary, recall and retell the story.” – Teacher

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