Mr Tan Cheng Gay at the LEAP Award 2020 Presentation Ceremony






Minister for Education, Mr Lawrence Wong,
Fellow Council Members, Principals, Teachers, Ladies and Gentlemen, girls and boys:

A very warm welcome to everyone.

The ceremony today is a simple gesture for Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan to honour and celebrate the contributions of important individuals in the education sector. But education is by no means simple. Behind every well-educated student, are years of tireless nurturing, care and attention, by many many educators. On behalf of Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan, our heartfelt respect and congratulations to the 14 teacher recipients of the 2020 LEAP Award.

Education is one of Hokkien Huay Kuan’s key missions. I am encouraged to see a record number of teachers being nominated this year. Dedicated teachers are the key to quality education and they play a pivotal role in preparing and moulding students for the future. The 14 LEAP Award recipients are exemplary and inspirational to all. I hope they keep up the good work, and continue to inspire and empower.

Hokkien Huay Kuan celebrates our 180th anniversary this year. As one of the oldest clan association in Singapore, we also founded some of the oldest educational institutions in Singapore. Chong Wen Ge (崇文阁) was acknowledged by historians as the first Chinese public school founded in 1849. Three of our affiliated schools today, Tao Nan, Ai Tong and Chongfu, had celebrated their centennial anniversaries; while Kong Hwa, Nan Chiau Primary and Secondary schools are founded before Singapore’s independence.

This illustrated the level of importance our predecessors placed on education. Education not only changes lives. It is also a social leveller, ensuring equal opportunity for all, and promoting social mobility. And it is a sustained effort. Hokkien Huan Kuan remains committed to supporting education for the years to come.

Finally, on behalf of Hokkien Huay Kuan Council, I would like to thank Minister Lawrence Wong for taking time off your busy schedule to grace our occasion this evening.

This Friday is Teachers’ Day. I would like to wish all principals and teachers here and online, a very happy Teachers Day!


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