The LEAP Award (飞跃教师奖), which stands for “Listening Educator for Advancement and Progress Award”, was launched by the late former President S R Nathan in 2011 and awarded by Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan (SHHK) annually to recognise exceptional teachers who have made a positive impact in nurturing their students from the heart. The naming of the award signifies a leap of faith for a teacher to believe that students have the potential to excel beyond their capabilities.
The award presentation ceremony was held together with the SHHK Teachers’ Day Appreciation Dinner on 5 Sep 19 at the Fairmont Singapore, Fairmont Ballroom. Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister of Education, gracing the occasion as the Guest-of-Honour. Ten teachers were shortlisted from a total of 848 nominations to receive the annual LEAP Award from Minister Ong. The 10 award recipients are: