The success of our youth starts with their upbringing, wanting them to achieve and being the best they can be. Their mindsets should be transformed from "I cannot" to "I can" in actual fact, one of my daughter's favourite bible verses is Philippians 4:13 - I can do ALL things through Christ! I have seen her live by this belief which has given her confidence to thrive.
The past fifteen months have shown resilience in our youth as they all had to adjust to the new way of living and studying during the pandemic!
I saw how my children shifted their focus from the classroom "in person" to having school fully online. Thanks to all the amazing teachers, parents and carers that supported them immensely!
I understand that some students did not sit external exams but instead they completed teacher assessments, to determine their grades. In my children's school, they sat their examinations in class!
I saw first hand, how rigorous my daughter studied for her Advanced Levels (A Levels) in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics and Spanish. She was driven and focused! She would wake up at the crack of dawn to revise, then attend school an hour early to practice past papers before taking her exams. I am pleased that all the hard work paid off and she obtained four A*s in all her A Levels 👏 She was glad she put in the work and so was I. All her teachers including the head teacher were excited and congratulated her and others for such excellent results - they made the school proud and were advised to keep up the good work.
As a parent, I am all for encouraging our youth to do the best they can, also to know their strength and to work towards improving on their weakness. Academia is not for everyone, I welcome vocational courses for those young people who would benefit from it. Support network such as mentorship programme, guidance and advice have also contributed to the success of our youth. I believe in seizing the opportunity given and putting in the hard work towards a bright future. In my previous blog posts on youth empowerment, I mentioned different ways the youth can make contributions in society; for the youth to have prepared for tomorrow's leadership role, they would need to have strong foundation not only in education but in other areas like leadership attributes such as building relationships, communications, negotiation and persuasive skills, extracurricular activities and so on. I am a firm believer in "starting them young"!
What do you think are fundamental in equipping the youth for success? Share your views.