At NIE, we seek to nurture students who will lead, care and inspire. Hence, our teacher education model prides itself on being holistic, developing not only pedagogical skills and content knowledge, but learner-centred values, positive teacher identity, and a spirit of service to the teaching profession and to the wider community, both in Singapore and beyond.
Since 2002, the Youth Expedition Project (YEP) has served as a platform for our students has served as a platform for our students to cultivate positive values and develop essential 21st century skills. Across 34 projects, 642 NIE students have embarked on YEP to China, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia and the Philippines, working with local communities and community organisations to conduct service learning projects. These ventures and adventures abroad have had various objectives: infrastructure upgrading, teaching, exchange of knowledge and skills with teachers, environmental conservation, and cultural exchange. The expeditions have instilled qualities such as compassion, humility, empathy, resilience, adaptability, determination and a strengthened sense of purpose in our students.