Parents World: Best Enrichment and Learning Schools 2016/17
EduGrove Mandarin Enrichment Centre is proud to be voted “Best in Mandarin Language Enrichment” in the Best Enrichment & Learning Schools 2016/17 Awards by Parents World magazine!
Catch our feature on the Parents World’s November – December 2016 issue and find out more about our fantastic programmes.
Promising SME 500 2016
(Article Source: The Straits Time, Wednesday, 27 July 2016, A25)
EduGrove Mandarin Enrichment Centre is honoured to be a recipient of the Promising SME 500 2016 award!
The Promising SME 500 2016 award recognizes EduGrove’s achievements and contributions to the economy and the community, while embodying the spirit of excellence, innovation and integrity as we pursue the ever greater heights in our endeavours.
EduGrove would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents and students for choosing us as your preferred Mandarin enrichment centre and the continual support given to us all this while!
Best Enrichment & Learning Schools 2015 / 2016
SME Of The Year Award 2015
EduGrove is proud to announce that we have been awarded the SME Of The Year Award 2015!
SME Of The Year is an award given to the top small-to-medium enterprises that has perform outstandingly throughout the year in their respective trades and industry. The accolade serves as a reward and recognition to businesses that has displayed exemplary entrepreneurship in the process, or has significantly contributed to the society through their operations. SME Of The Year also wishes to function as a spur to local businesses in Singapore, to not only excel, but to outdo themselves and work towards greater heights.
Recipients of the accolade are nominated by the public for their excellence, or specially chosen for their merits that distinguish themselves from the pack. As the title of the award suggests, each year, only the top enterprises in Singapore would be shortlisted to receive the honour of being bestowed with the SME Of The Year award.
Singapore’s Trusted Quality Brand 2015
EduGrove is proud to announce that we have been awarded the Singapore Trusted Quality Brand Award 2015!
The Singapore Trusted Quality Brand Award champions brand trust within the industry and confidence amongst Singapore’s discerning consumers. The STQB Award honors these brands that perform exceptionally in their respective line of service.
The Singapore Trusted Quality Brand winners are companies that elicit greatest loyalty from their clients, partners and end-users, offering uniqueness and unmatchable brand quality.
The award represents the highest patronage of building a trusted entrepreneurial brand. Whilst creating their own entrepreneurial or individual brand, these companies have also earned utmost respect from peers, and actively reinvents and innovates to suit the ever-changing needs of the market.
Such recognition stems from a pursuit to excellence, not only to create a strong brand name, but to become a valuable brand, and thus able to soar amongst Singapore’s elite.
Singapore’s Outstanding Enterprise 2014
EduGrove is proud to announce that we have been awarded the Singapore Outstanding Enterprise Award 2014!
Designed to break away from the rigid, and at times, regimental way in which Mandarin classes are conducted, and deciding to inject a sense of fun and play into learning, EduGrove Mandarin Learning Centre aims to improve their students’ standard of Mandarin.
Believing in doing things differently, the centre has been teaching Mandarin to students through games and drama, as they believe that students will be able to retain vocabularies learnt in their long term memory when they actually enjoy their lessons as supposed to using memorization and drilling methods.
Founder Jerry Luke Theseira says that he used to struggle at Mandarin in school, as he was brought up in a non-Mandarin speaking family. Furthermore, he said: “Lessons then were taught in a very rigid and authoritative manner where there was very little student participation in class.”
In addition, by observing the industry, Jerry saw that many teachers in the industry did not speak much English, much less do marketing campaigns in English to promote their services. This has effectively alienated non-Mandarin speaking families, whose children are more likely to require help with their Mandarin.
Thankfully, Jerry’s wife is a Mandarin teacher who is able to engage students in a nurturing and fun manner. She believes in using drama and games, putting the emphasis on learning through play and conversation. This is the perfect combination that Jerry was looking for, as he is able to provide students with a Mandarin lesson that is fun, engaging, and effective.
As such, Jerry decided to set up EduGrove to create a new pedagogical style for Mandarin lessons and also provide students with lessons that are accessible and fun.
However, Jerry also highlights the problem of finding the suitable candidates. He said: “Most Chinese teachers are trained to teach or have learnt the language through very traditional methods.” To Jerry, these traditional methods are the very reason students develop a sense of dread when going for Mandarin classes, as teachers tend to prioritise rote learning over actual acquisition of knowledge.
However, through much time and hard work, EduGrove managed to locate suitable teachers who are effectively bilingual in English as well as Mandarin, and train them to teach in the EduGrove way.
When asked about the ways in which EduGrove remains distinct in the industry, Jerry says that the curriculum is not only designed to allow students to have fun while learning Mandarin, it is also tailor-made to better suit the language level, personalities and dynamics of each and every class. He further elaborates that through the use of games, drama, and other interactive activities, students who used to dislike Mandarin classes learnt to appreciate the intricacies of the language and the culture behind it.
Moreover, EduGrove also features a “Language in Action” programme, where they provide students from international schools with a specially designed Mandarin curriculum that is based on their school’s Mandarin syllabus.
EduGrove has also received multiple awards, such as the Singapore Top Quality Brand 2015, Singapore Top SME 2015, and the Singapore’s Outstanding Enterprise 2014 award.
Shedding light on the name of the company, Jerry said: “The ‘Edu’ being an abbreviation for education, while ‘Grove’ was because we wanted to metaphorically known as a place where weak seedlings grow into big, strong and sturdy trees, full of colour and life. Another reason was because of the neighbouring mangrove nature walk which serves as me and my wife’s source of relaxation and inspiration.” On top of that, the centre’s logo features a brain developing into a strong tree that is full of life and colour. The colours of the leaves are the colours of the rainbow, as EduGrove believes in diversity in culture and people.
Equally passionate about entrepreneurialism, Jerry said: “Being an entrepreneur takes dedication, drive, hard work, passion, creativity, risk taking, and bravado.” He adds that an entrepreneur is an individual who is willing to immerse himself/herself into the work and “live and breathe” the business.
Needless to say, EduGrove’s best years are still ahead, and the Singapore’s Outstanding Enterprise award will add to their closet of trophies, as the centre looks set to change public perception on how Mandarin lessons are conducted across the island.