Beating the Bullies with Project CABIN’s Help
|Guest-of-Honour, Ms Sim Ann visiting the 24th Project CABIN, ‘Chillbox’.|
As a teenager, Mr Deryk Low was often teased – the New Town Secondary School student was not very tall and his voice was somewhat high-pitched, making him a regular victim of name-calling.
Fortunately, he knew whom to turn to, and sought help from the youth workers at Project CABIN, a school-based drop-in community project by Singapore Children’s Society, where teens can get counselling or participate in after-school activities.
The skills he learnt then helped him through school and still come in handy today, said Mr Low, now 22.
“The CABIN Club not only helped me make great friends, but also provided me with training in peer befriending and basic counselling skills,” he shared.
On 15 March 2014, Mr Low, now the the president of the Project CABIN Alumni Club, joined the Society in celebrating Project CABIN’s 20th Anniversary. The celebrations were held alongside the official launch of the 24th Project CABIN initiative at Siglap Secondary School, named ‘Chillbox’.
The Guest-of-Honour, Ms Sim Ann, Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information, and Ministry of Education, noted how Project CABIN has evolved into a “learning hub for building character, imparting values and learning social skills”.
“Being engaged in such activities helps students learn new skills and gain confidence in their leadership abilities, which is all part of providing students with a holistic education,” she explained.
Project CABIN was started 20 years ago to provide a safe place for young people to hang out. Today, participants can pick up anything from hip-hop dancing to learning to play the African drums at its workshops.
And more is yet to come, promised Chairman of Singapore Children’s Society Mr Koh Choon Hui, adding: “Singapore Children’s Society will continue to refine and re-invent Project CABIN’s programmes to meet the changing profiles and emerging needs of secondary school students.”