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Character and Citizenship Education (CCE)

In Character and Citizenship Education (CCE), our students learn to be responsible to family and community; and understand their roles in shaping the future of our nation. The emerging trends and global developments that impact our society, such as societal changes, globalisation and technological advancements are taken into consideration in the development of the CCE curriculum. 

The goal of CCE is to inculcate values and build competencies in our students to develop them to be good individuals and useful citizens. The core values (Respect, Responsibility, Resilience, Integrity, Care and Harmony) are fundamental for a person of good character and a useful citizen of Singapore. They guide students to discern between right and wrong, helping them to make responsible choices and become more aware of their roles in society.

The skills related to citizenship competencies enable students to function effectively as concerned citizens who stay rooted to Singapore. This aligns with the goal of CCE to nurture our students to be citizens of good character. The curriculum is delivered in the Mother Tongue Language.

Core Values


One demonstrates respect when he believes in his own self-worth and the intrinsic worth of all people


One recognises that he has a duty to himself, his family, community, nation and the world, and fulfils his responsibilities with love and commitment


One upholds ethical principles and has the moral courage to stand up for what is right


One acts with kindness and compassion. He contributes to the betterment of the community and the world


One has emotional strength and perseveres in the face of challenges. He manifests courage, optimism, adaptability and resourcefulness


One values harmony seeks inner happiness and promotes social cohesion, appreciates the unity and diversity of a multi-cultural society

Components of the Civic Literacy, Global Awareness and Cross-Cultural Skills

Active Community Life

A person who leads an active community life 

• demonstrates a sense of responsibility towards the community; 

• is civic minded; and 

• supports and contributes through community and nation-building activities.

National and Cultural Identity

A person with a national and cultural identity 

• possesses a sense of responsibility to the nation; and 

• has a shared commitment to the ideals of the nation and its culture.

Socio-Cultural Sensitivity and Awareness

A person with socio-culturalsensitivity and awareness 

• empathises with others through understanding, acceptance and respect; and 

• engages in appropriate behaviour with other sociocultural groups in both local and international contexts, in a way which would enhance social cohesion.

Global Awareness

A person with global awareness 

• copes with change due to cultural interactions abroad; and 

• recognises, analyses and evaluates global trends and their interconnections with local communities.


The framework encapsulates the objectives, spirit and approach of CCE in Ai Tong School. The framework is undergirded by our school values.

The Head, Hand, Heart approach is used for our key programmes such as National Education (NE), Character and Citizenship Education (CCE), Values-in-action (VIA), Social Studies (SS) and Form Teacher Guidance Period (FTGP). They are in place to inculcate values and develop competencies in our students so as to develop them into upright individuals and useful citizens.  

In engaging the “Head”, students will be involved in their own learning to acquire skills, knowledge and dispositions to overcome challenges and turning them into opportunities as well as to think and reflect on their experiences to better internalise them.

In engaging the “Heart”, students will appreciate the history and heritage that make Singapore unique in her own way through various platforms. Students will learn to embrace differences as positives making Singapore a more vibrant, connected and strong society.

In engaging the “Hands”, students will have opportunities to give back to society and play their part to contribute in the building a better Singapore.

The “Head, Hand, Heart approach is guided by the four principles of quality, ownership, customisation and coherence. For all programmes, we emphasise on quality, greater ownership by the different groups of stakeholders, the need to customise and differentiate programmes to cater for varying needs, interest and maturity levels of the students and to ensure coherence in the programmes we have.

The outer-most ring represents our four key groups of stakeholders that are involved, namely students, teachers, parents and partners. Everyone plays a part in CCE.