11 May 2019
Some Singapore schools as well as homes have, in recent years, introduced mindfulness practices to help students refocus their thoughts.
Mindfulness is a state of being aware of one’s thoughts, which when coupled with meditation, has been known to reduce stress.
For instance, for one and a half hours each day, 10 girls from the Singapore Girls’ Home step out of their daily routine to practice mindfulness, as part of a curriculum organised by the EtonHouse Community Fund, an independent charity of the EtonHouse Education Group.
Sally (not her real name), 18, said the sessions helped her learn to keep calm and patient. She hopes to manage stress and challenges better when she joins the workforce.
The Girls’ Home takes in girls between 12 and 19 years old, and the average length of stay is two years.