Values in Action (VIA)
Background to Values In Action
In 2012, MOE announced the reframing of the Community Involvement Programme (CIP) as “Values in Action” (VIA), to place a greater focus on students acquiring values. VIA builds on the strengths of CIP, and encourages students to identify and understand community issues, initiate action among their peers to make a difference and improve the lives of others.
VIA is a learning experience that support students’ development as socially responsible citizens who contribute meaningfully to the community, through the learning and application of values, knowledge and skills. VIA fosters student ownership over how they contribute to the community. As part of VIA, students reflect on their experience, the values they have put into practice, and how they can continue to contribute meaningfully.
VIA is an important component of Character and Citizenship Education (CCE). When there is greater student ownership of the VIA learning experiences, students will find VIA more meaningful, and will be more motivated to continue making a difference to the community and nation after leaving school.
The key elements of VIA include promoting values in our students through purposeful planning and reflection, and maintaining sustained partnerships with community partners to achieve this aim.
Students will reflect on their VIA experiences, to reinforce the learning and internalise the values. Curriculum time will be set aside during CCE lessons for reflection.
In summary, VIA helps students to internalise values learnt through real life experiential activities. These core values are “Respect; Responsibility; Resilience; Integrity; Care and Harmony”.
(Adapted from information source: https://www.ne.edu.sg/ )
VIA in Meridian Secondary School
In alignment to Meridian Secondary School’s values to develop our students to be part of a Caring community, the VIA programme is a multi-prong approach which builds on the Service-Learning experiences of our students as they move on from year to year.
Meridian Secondary School uses a multi-prong approach in VIA based on:
(a) Form class participation in a mass VIA event in the annual VIA Day. CCE lessons will be conducted to guide students to plan and reflect on their community service participation.
(b) Secondary 3 students will be embarking on their own VIA projects.
(c) On the CCA platform, CCA teachers will take charge of VIA activities organised within their CCA.
- VIA contribution is tracked in their individual CCA-VIA records and used for
- LEAPS assessment of their CCA grade upon their graduation.
- Additional hours will be credited to students for VIA activities and other self-volunteering opportunities subjected to the proper documentation by the external organisations submitted to the VIA Committee for approval and recording.