Character & Citizenship Education (Mother Tongue Languages), CCE MTL forms part of the explicit teaching and learning of moral values. Delivered by MTL teachers, students learn the values taught through cultural stories, practices, songs, idioms, and proverbs unique to each Mother Tongue Language. For students who offer the non-Tamil Indian Languages or are exempted from taking MTL, CCE lessons are taught in English.
Values are better internalised when students’ daily life experiences are used as contexts to make the learning more relevant and meaningful. This helps students to apply the skills, values and attitudes in authentic and meaningful situations.
At the end of the CCE MTL programme, students would be able to:
- put good values into practice
- be responsible in their actions
- cultivate good communication and social skills
- develop good habits as a result of consistently doing what is right and good
- promote harmony and social cohesion in a multiracial and multi-religious society
Features of the CCE Syllabus
Students learn values through three overarching ideas, namely (Identity, Relationships and Choices in six domains, starting with self and extending to the family, school, community, nation and the world. The diagram below shows the Core Values, the 3 Big Ideas and the Expanding Domains in the CCE syllabus:
|Core Values||3 Big Ideas||Domains|
|Self: Being who I am and becoming who I can be
Family: Strengthening family ties
School: Fostering healthy friendships and team spirit
Community: Understanding our community and building an inclusive society
Nation: Developing a sense of national identity and nation building
World: Being an active citizen in a globalised world
The 3 Big Ideas, Identity, Relationships and Choices, are core concepts of the syllabus. They are interconnected and impact one another.
- Identity: Students need to know who they are in order to relate positively with others.
- Relationships: Students forge their identity and consider the choices they make vis-à-vis others.
- Choices: The ability to make good choices impacts their understanding of their own identity and the relationships they form.