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Let's meet some lifelong learners - Jagjeet Singh

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Jagjeet Singh sat for his "A" levels when he was already 35.

 

The head of the school’s English Department has had an illustrious 41-year career as a teacher, during which he makes it a point to stay on top of the latest pedagogical approaches. During his stint at Temasek Primary School, he has led his team in developing innovative teaching programmes, such as the Genie’s Lamp Reading Programme, which other schools have adopted.

 

At 61, when his peers are retiring, this grandfather of two is still learning. He started a second career in counselling. He is currently taking up a degree in psychology at SIM University to rejoin Temasek Primary as a counsellor after his retirement next year. “The degree course helps me understand how students think so I can tailor my counselling strategies better.” says Jagjeet Singh.

 

Lifelong Learning

Lifelong learning is the continuous building of skills and knowledge throughout the life of an individual. It occurs through experiences encountered in the course of a lifetime. These experiences could be formal (training, counselling, tutoring, mentorship, apprenticeship, higher education, etc.) or informal (through life experience). Lifelong learning is the “lifelong, voluntary, and self-motivated” pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. As such, it not only enhances social inclusion, active citizenship and personal development, but also competitiveness and employability.

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