Singapore American School (SAS) Foundation has received a gift of S$3 million from Singapore business magnate, investor and philanthropist, Mr. Lim Kaling.
This gift is the second largest in the school's history. SAS is an independent, non-profit, coeducational, college preparatory day school offering US curriculum for students in pre-school through grade twelve.
The gift will enable SAS to add faculty resources to develop the curriculum and assessment frameworks that will be required to shift to a fully personalized curriculum. The impact will influence learning for students across all grade levels.
In honor of his father, the late Dr. Lim Kee Ming, Mr. Lim continues the family's long support of education.
Mr. Lim said: "Education in the 21st century is in need of radical reinvention. This gift represents my passion to develop a new educational paradigm that enables students to become a generation of truly global citizens -- leaders who can meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world with skills, knowledge, and attitudes that cut across geography, culture, and socio-economics. There are critical shifts in education driven by major technological advancements and I am a big believer in utilizing cutting-edge technology to transform education."
The SAS Foundation is key to the school's commitment to innovation in learning.
Dr. Chip Kimball, SAS superintendent said: "This gift will be transformational for SAS to develop the most effective pedagogy in personalized learning, teaching practices, and support systems like facilities and technology while assembling the best educators in the world to teach, coach, and guide our students. We believe that SAS can be amongst the most effective schools in the world, even as the world changes around us."
The SAS Foundation also provides support for arts and athletic activities at SAS, as well as the popular academic visitors-in-residence programme, which brings internationally recognized authors, visual artists, illustrators, musicians, playwrights, and directors, and other professionals to work side by side with faculty and students throughout the year.