Supporting Vulnerable Families Through COVID-19
Updated: Sep 22
“To be honest we really feel indebted to SHINE for giving us rays of hope that one day we will come out from poverty and I had made a promise to myself if I am better off one day, I am the one who will be giving to others next." - Mdm Fizah
Mikail Adam has been a beneficiary of SHINE under the Educational Psychology Service since 2019. He has been receiving targeted language and literacy support from the Learning Specialist from SHINE. Through the one year of intervention, he has also gained social skills and confidence in himself. Mikail’s mother, Mdm Fizah, has just begun a new job prior to Circuit Breaker (CB) which requires her to be present for most days. Stress occurs when there is no caregiver/ adult around to supervise Mikail and his younger brother when she is away at work. Mikail was taught how to manage and care for his 3-year-old brother, a tall order on top of his usual Home-Based Learning. Mdm Fizah calls them hourly to check in on the children as she is an essential worker working in the logistic sector and is unable to work from home during this CB period. The Ready Meals scheme provided by SHINE helped her to reduce the time needed to prepare meals and she does not need to rush home to fix meals for the children. During this Circuit Breaker period, SHINE has continued supporting Mikail by providing teleconferencing of education content, with Mikail reaching out to the Learning Specialist for help when he needed. Mdm Fizah likes this approach as he broadens his knowledge and stretches his mind with the guided questions and facilitation in thinking processes, as well as to improve his vocabulary. Mikail has also taken on a more active role in learning, requesting for help via voice messages when he encounters difficulties.
This has led to an increase in his confidence and communication skill. The video call engagements have helped Mikail better understand what is taught and strengthened the teacher-student rapport.
"SHINE allows my child to be appreciated and there are many other good people in our Society that if we can nurture them, they will be the seeds for our national growth. With resources & support given by SHINE, I believe we will be able to strive much more regardless of race and religion.” - Mdm Fizah
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