Muscular Dystrophy Association of Singapore (MDAS)
MDAS is a valuable partner of GYPS. They work closely with GYPS in providing VIA opportunities for pupils and staff.
Values in Action (VIA) are learning experiences that support pupils’ development as socially responsible citizens who contribute meaningfully to the community. As part of VIA, pupils reflect on their experiences, the values they have put into practice, and how they can continue to contribute meaningfully.
GYPS believes in collaborating with the community and teaching the pupils the importance of giving back to society. For this intent and purpose, the school adopted the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Singapore (MDAS).
MDAS is a voluntary welfare organization that provides care and support to people with muscular dystrophy. It aims to maximise the quality of life of people with muscular dystrophy and their families as well as integrate them into the society.
1. Awareness Talk by MDAS during Assembly
On 20 March 2017, MDAS gave an awareness talk on muscular dystrophy, pupils learned about the challenges the MDAS members face and how they overcome them. There was a video segment on how MDAS provides care and support to the members.
2. Project Work (Annual Activity)
In collaboration with the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Singapore (MDAS), Primary 5 pupils learn more about muscular dystrophy, and people who suffer from this disease. Pupils plan and propose an activity to be conducted with MDAS or in support of MDAS. Pupils may also choose to develop a plan to raise the awareness of the plight of muscular dystrophy patients amongst the general school population and its stakeholders.
3. VIA by Prefects: MDAS Flag Day
This year, the prefects raised funds for MDAS from 20 March to 1 April. The team of prefects led by Head Prefect, enthusiastically set up a booth and raised funds in school during recess time. Prefects reflected on their experiences after the project.
4. Staff VIA 2017
In GYPS, staff set aside a day to do their part to reach out to the community. This year they spent their time volunteering during MDAS Flag Day on 1 April 2017.