By Fyn Wong of Epworth Community Relations
Project Lightbulb is a complimentary tuition befriending programme started in July 2019 to provide schoolwork supervision and befriending to primary school children who struggle with their schoolwork. The programme was initially opened to children from Epworth Literacy (Bukit Batok). However, we have extended the programme to children from Epworth Literacy (Jurong West) and from the community in Jan 2020. More than just a tuition programme, the volunteer befrienders build relationships with the children through interactive activities; they also encourage and support the children in reaching their learning goals. At the onset of COVID-19, we were unable to resume Project Lightbulb at our premises between Feb to April 2020. After surveying with the Project Lightbulb students and their parents, we decided to move the programme online during the Circuit Breaker so as to provide the children with academic, social and emotional support in this trying time. We are very thankful to our volunteers who were as committed as we were to support the children amidst the pandemic challenges.