Rooted in Citizenship
By recognizing and being aware of a shared common heritage, it helps to facilitate a deeper and stronger understanding of our cultures and traditions. This helps to encourage and foster national, community and personal identities which are pivotal to the development and growth of a more cohesive, confident and resilient society. Through these lessons, we are confident that our students will continue to contribute towards creating a cohesive society by valuing and engaging with Singapore’s rich and multicultural heritage – enabling them to feel proud about Singapore and our connections to the world.
15 February is the day where Singapore commemorates "Total Defence Day”. It is an important day that reminds us of 15 February 1942 – the day where Singapore fell to the Japanese troops. On this memorable day, Minister for Communications and Information and Minister-in-Charge of Cybersecurity, Mr S Iswaran, had officiated the launch of Digital Defence as the sixth pillar of Total Defence during the event, joining the other 5 pillars, namely Military Defence, Civil Defence, Economic Defence, Social Defence and Psychological Defence.
In CHIJ Kellock, we strongly believe in educating and nurturing our students to deepen their sense of belonging and
rootedness to Singapore. With the introduction of the new pillar for Total Defence – Digital Defence in 2019, the Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) department recognises the serious dangers that disinformation and cyber-attacks can pose to Singapore’s social cohesion in this open and connected city-state.
Fake news are becoming increasingly sophisticated and pervasive, and they can be challenging to detect. With that in mind, a customized school-based curriculum was designed to educate our Primary 2 students on what fake news is all about and the importance of knowing how to discern between real news and fake news. Students discussed and worked together in pairs to apply the newly-learnt S.U.R.E (Source, Understand, Research and Evaluate) strategy on selected news articles to determine whether it is real or fake.
The concept of empathy was also explored when students discuss and think about the impact of fake news on its victims. If there is a possibility that a piece of information may be untrue, we can play our part in not encouraging fake news by not posting or forwarding it. We look forward to our Kellock girls continuing to display the Kellock Girl values of graciousness, integrity, and responsibility not only in the real world, but also in the digital world!