Global Art! The Art School for your kids ….

My daughter love to scribble and draw things around her. She loves to make cards for me and friends or even write her own diary with all the doodles around it. This hobby is very prominent to our eyes since she was young, so we had been putting her to some art school for children around Singapore. We had to stop few of them cause of distance and curriculum problem, until finally we found Global Art just around house. We can take our bike to cycle there, it is at DownTown East. My daughter love the school, the teachers, the friends and most of all what they are teaching her there.

To give you some idea how the school looks like check the video below. Global Art is an international franchise, you can easily find these schools in the main city of some countries in Asia including, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Philippine and even Japan and Korea. The video below is the school from Jakarta, but TRUST me more or less all the other schools are looking the same because they are franchised.

Allright, for us personally myself and my husband, we see Global Art more than just a DRAWING CLASS for Miza. It is more than that … if you go to the school and find out what they are teaching to the children you will be amazed. A lot of other art school focusing a lot on art and crafts, which we think is redundant, she actually got a lot of this from school. We are more interested on how the drawing technique introduced to the children. Global Arts provide these curriculum for the children. they learn different skill on how to apply colors on the drawing. Global Art provide the material and tools for the children to work with.

And that is not the only thing, recently Global Art has also introduce the history of ART material for the children. my daughter loves history so much especially from the era before modern time. So going to the class for her is like exploring another side of Arts. She learns different type of Arts during pre-modern/contemporary times, who are the artist during that time and their pieces of work. The teacher explain to them what are the different and definition of every types of arts, they discuss about it and do some activities. It would be great if one day, global Art can actually bring this children to explore museum and discuss about Art Work. But in SIngapore we have limited collections, most of the works here are contemporary based or during modern time. We need to go to NY or France to see the classic ones … maybe one day we are able to bring Miza to explore some great museums in the world including the one in Cairo.

On my personal opinion, Singapore will have a great opportunity for Art hub in Asia Pacific region. And i see the government seems to walk into that direction, they had increased the budget pull for Arts department in Singapore, opening up world class Museums around with different material/installation to display, organizing world class exhibition by gathering the wonderful works from Artist all over the world including Asia. And not forgetting the join partner between NUS and Yale for Liberal Art study. click here to read about it.

The passion of Arts, is an acquired taste. You must have it within you and all the things around it will give soul for you to understand, that is my opinion, otherwise all the subject about it would become boring and make you sleep. going to museum for hours and sit down to admire the work or even to digest what are the message the artist want to communicate with us, to understand the background of the artist of doing the work etc. There are so much studies that we can actually enhance just by looking on a Piece of Art Work.

Maybe my daughter has interest of this, she tend to loves reading about things related to cultures, values, beliefs or epics, and she enjoys talking or expressing about it with her drawing or even going to the museum to see an exhibition. I told her once …. there are a lot of thing you can do in the community by working at the museum or galery and our discussion is on and on especially with her asking so much questions about it.

And i had found some stuff from YouTube that i actually had shared with her and would like to share it with you as well. Cheers!

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{ROI} on your child education?

Today on the newspaper i found an article written by a Singaporean mother who lives in England, Teresa Lim. On that article she wrote one incident happened during one of her lunch meeting with few of her others friends, an Asian lady and a British Lady. On that conversation she highlight the different value system between Asian and Western parenting expectation toward their children in the future. This is what exactly she wrote there:

Many years ago , not long after arriving to live in London. I was invited to lunch by a friend I had made at my son’s school. The other guests were a young mother whose background was also Asians, and Charlotte, an Englishwoman significantly older than the rest of us.

The common factor was that we all had sons who were at , or had been to, the highly regarded boys’ preparatory (private primary) school nearby. Charlotte’s son had gone on to Eton for his secondary education and then to university.

In Britain, state-funded universities are excellent, but state-funded schools less so. Those who can afford it tend to send their children to private schools, an eye-wateringly expensive option.

Not surprisingly, we talked about education. Somehow this ended up being a debate between the other Asian guest, an intelligent woman who regarded educating her son as an investment in her own future, and Charlotte, who was shocked.

I kept a tactical silence. In truth, I was intrigued by Charlotte’s unequivocal belief that you give your child the best education you can afford, because that is your responsibility as a parent. You expect nothing back, not in the way of obligations, or even hope of influencing your child’s career choices.

And she continue to write further about it. She also mentioned probably the comfort zone of the social security for most of European countries had somehow ease the mind of the parents not to expect anything from their children when they grow up. Their social benefit would be nicely taken care of by the government funding at the end. {this off course as much as how much you had invested through your tax payment no doubt about it. the lesser you contribute the lesser you will eventually earn. that is simple logic}.

I am not going to continue my opinion about the social security system in Europe. The reason I am writing this post is about the {ROI} – Return of Investment from our child education.

Is it really TRUE that most of Asian parents are expecting their child to eventually pay back what ever their parent had paid for their education on the future? Is that really TRUE?

In my own opinion, this condition might be true few decades back, but this notion has been decreasing tremendously. More and more Asian parent just like our selves have never thought of burdening our children with our old days expenses one day. Just like me and my husband, we realize life is going to be harder for the next generation to come. They will have their own life to run and to finance as well as their own family. It is not fair to actually add on their burden with our expenses in the future.

That is why my husband is very meticulous when come to financial planning for our retirement days. He prepares for it religiously and steadily, he even told me not to ever think of burdening our daughter in the future. And he said he will commit himself to support our daughter education until she complete all the degree that is necessary for her. He had arranged for our daughter education saving as well, so we do not have to worry with the last minuet plan when things going not as plan. The saving back up will really help her to complete her study one day.

So I don’t really agree with what Teresa Lim claim that a lot of Asian Parents are expecting ROI from their children. Not all of them, at least myself and my hubby and some friends that we know here in Singapore.

Life now is hard, would it be fair to think Life in the future would be much easier? Take care ….