On 17 July 2019, German alumnus Jakob Carstens, 15, joined the Racial Harmony Day celebration at Kinderland, Ministry of Manpower. Together with his family members, Jakob feasted on ethnic delights like Kueh Pie Tee, Kueh Lapis, Vadai, Longevity Buns and played local games like Zero Point, Chapteh, and Hopscotch.
Jakob joined Kinderland in 2006. During his time, Jakob was exposed to an authentic Singapore education that comprises the English and Mandarin language, Mathematics, and Physical Education. At a tender age of 4, Jakob was able to speak and write fluently in both English and Mandarin, and hone his skills in music through Kinderland Children’s Music Program.
“Preschools in our hometown are more of daycares and do not provide a structured curriculum like ones in Singapore do. We chose Kinderland primarily for its proximity to where we lived here, and its unique curriculum. My wife and I were impressed by how Jakob was able to learn not only basic subjects but also develop character and discipline which helped in his transition to elementary school,” says Dr Stefan Carstens, father of Jakob.
Jakob is now fifteen and plays handball for the TSG Oberursel, Germany, in the highest league for his age class, on a state level.
Kinderland preschool centres are conveniently located at 17 locations in the Central Business District area and residential areas. Expatriates looking for an international education while in Singapore can graduate to the The Grange Institution.