Paying It Forward

At Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP), we encourage students and staff to be agents of positive change by leading and taking part in projects that make a difference to those in need. These efforts help reinforce the right values while providing meaningful learning opportunities.


  • NP’s Give Back Day on 12 May 2018 marked the launch of our engagement with the NorthWest communities under NP ComServe, an NP initiative to promote volunteerism. Over 100 students, staff and alumni, as well as visually-impaired guides from Dialogue in the Dark, a social enterprise operating at NP, came together to reach out to the rental block community in Ghim Moh estate. This was in conjunction with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between NP and NorthWest Community Development Council (CDC). The MOU paves the way for NP staff and students to tap into the CDC’s WeCare Fund to implement service-learning and community projects to benefit its residents and Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs).
  • ​In October 2018, NP’s Co-Curricular Activities (CCA) groups came together to put up a musical extravaganza called ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at the Esplanade for the NP Arts Fiesta, an annual event aimed at promoting the arts and cultural diversity within NP through musicals and performances. Over 500 beneficiaries, including those from Boys Town and Beyond Social Services, had the opportunity to enjoy the musical at the fiesta, thanks to donations from NP staff and the public. The event also raised over $100,000 through its 15 performances and exhibitions for the NP Student Aid Fund, which provides financial assistance to needy students in NP.The Wizard of Oz at the Esplanade for the NP Arts Fiesta
  • The staff and students from NP’s School of Design & Environment (DE) came together to raise funds to help a community in Lombok following the deadly earthquake in August 2018. Within a month, they raised over $30,000. This was channelled towards basic food provisions, rebuilding efforts and shelter kits. Four NP staff also visited Lombok to deliver relief supplies and build shelters. While they were there, they field tested a transitional shelter prototype called Shelter+, which can be assembled easily using local materials. The low-cost Shelter+ was developed by etc.lab, a collaborative design and research centre launched by DE. Since 2014, DE staff and students have been travelling to Lombok for service-learning programmes.
  • ​In April 2018, the School of Life Sciences & Chemical Technology (LSCT) staff and students partnered the Food Bank and NTUC FairPrice to organise their annual food collection drive. The School managed to collect more than 18 tons of food items for the less privileged. Through this event, LSCT students had the opportunity to distribute the donated food items directly to needy families, which went a long way towards nurturing the spirit of compassion in them.​LSCT Food Drive
  • A group of second year Tourism & Resort Management students from NP’s School of Business & Accountancy (BA) partnered the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) to organise two events to promote sports inclusion for persons with disabilities in society. Through the events, the students also helped to raise $4,500 to fund SDSC’s sports outreach programmes.
  • BA’s second year Accountancy students used the principles of accounting and financial analysis learnt from their diploma to facilitate a personal and family financial budgeting workshop for about 100 foreign domestic workers (FDW) from Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME). The workshop is part of their service-learning project. The FDWs who attended the workshop were empowered with a keener awareness of personal financial management. BA students who conducted the workshop were able to sharpen their financial management skills as well as deepen their cross-cultural understanding and empathy for the challenges faced by the migrant worker community.
  • As part of their drive to attune students to their obligations to society, the School of Film & Media Studies (FMS) designed assignments and reflections that encouraged students to use their newly acquired media skills to make a positive impact. Their journalistic, sound, video, web design, social media strategy projects and public relations campaign ideas have benefited organisations such as Free Food for All, Touch Community Services (Diabetes Support), the National Council of Social Services, the Down Syndrome Association of Singapore and the Singapore Kindness Movement. Some students also volunteered to help deliver food to the underprivileged on weekends even though it was not part of their curriculum.
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