Singapore swing: teaching outdoor education in a crowded city

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Singapore swing: teaching outdoor education in a crowded city


Getting city kids outside

In the 1960s, the Singaporean Government realised it had a problem – children were becoming more disconnected from nature.

They didn’t go bush walking, they barely swam, and they struggled to climb. Many of them often caught a train to school, entering the grounds via undercover corridors where they remained disconnected from the outside world for virtually the entire journey.

Despite outdoor education being included in the national curriculum for the past eight years – and a governmental push since the 1960s to create a “rugged society” ready to defend itself – schools have been still struggling to teach outdoor skills.

Hiking among the skyscrapers

Our group of USC students, many of whom will become outdoor education teachers in Australia, learnt about how Singaporean teachers use limited space and resources wisely.

Brendon Munge and USC students travelled to Singapore on the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan Scholarship.

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