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IFP Students Bond With Senior Citizens At ‘Fun With Herbs @ North West’ Event

IFP students enjoyed a time of bonding with the senior citizens.
IFP students enjoyed a time of bonding with the senior citizens.

Over 40 students from the SIM-University of London (UOL) International Foundation Programme (IFP) joined senior citizens from Yishun’s TOUCH Senior Activity Centre (SAC) in propagating plants at the SIM Campus on 17 November 2017.

This community service programme which is part of the IFP curriculum was jointly organised together with TOUCH Community Services and North West Community Development Council. The programme aims to promote active ageing and bonding among elderly. It also aims to foster social cohesion and inculcate civic responsibility among students via experiential learning.

During the event, students were paired with seniors from the SAC to learn more about lesser-known herbs, it’s benefits and uses through a workshop conducted by Green Gifts. They also helped out with cutting plastic bottles and in the propagation of the plants.

“It was an enriching experience for myself, as we were given the opportunity to interact with the elderly, many of whom had troves of knowledge and wisdom. It was a delightful time as I managed to engage with a group of light-spirited elderlies who shared many things with me,” said IFP student Zaky Askari.

Another student who found the event to be meaningful was Siddharth Krishnan.

“I took this opportunity to interact with the elderly that visited and was pleasantly surprised by their warm demeanour and positivity. We shared good conversations about their childhood experiences and shared some good laughs over how different life in Singapore is now compared to the past. We also learnt about gardening together which was very interesting,” he said.

Along with the students, the senior citizens also enjoyed the special time of bonding. “It was truly an eye-opening experience to learn about different plants and their appropriate application together with the students. The students had a great opportunity to closely interact with seniors through a shared activity, and time for intergeneration bonding created a connection for the students and the silver generation to understand about each other,” said TOUCH Senior Activity Centre (Yishun Avenue), TOUCH Community Services, Senior Executive, Neo Aik Xin.

Posted online, 05 December 2017