About Us

Gift of Reading, aka GOR, is a community initiative of Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam.  While previously under the umbrella of the Taman Jurong Citizen’s Consultative Committee (TJCCC), GOR has recently moved under Tasek Jurong, and aims to inculcate the love of reading and discovery through reading in young children aged three to seven through weekly interactions with our well-trained and dedicated student volunteers.  

Pioneered in 2004, this programme is well into its 13th year of continued service thanks to the involvement of committed and passionate volunteers from various secondary schools, polytechnic schools and junior colleges.  

Sessions are held twice a week at Taman Jurong Community Centre Friday nights from 7pm-8pm, and on Saturday afternoons from 2pm-3pm.  A typical session consists of small group reading sessions where each volunteer will read to a group of 4-5 children, followed by big group activities that are related to a selected theme of the session. These are accompanied with songs and games that pre-school children are used to. Occasionally the volunteers will also come together to dramatise a story for the whole class, something that the children all enjoy.  As a whole, these activities serve to cultivate moral values, encourage children to think inquisitively, and build up the children’s confidence so that they can express themselves freely.

To know more about about our reading programme, please do not hesitate to drop us an email at giftofreading123@gmail.com.