After graduation, the students retain and build upon the language skills acquired in YIK.
As well as improving their reading, we also hope that the children will value the principles of respect, caring, honesty and responsibility that we have instilled in them in YIK. The goal is that the children, by offering their help during YMCA events, will become internationally-conscious people, who enjoy helping others.
The importance of cultivating confident leaders of tomorrow is not limited to our International Kindergarten. In fact, it is this investment in our future that is the basis for all our programmes, especially of our Leadership Programme, a programme unique to YMCA. Several times during the year, graduates of YIK are given the opportunity to return to YMCA events as helpers, assisting teachers and supporting their younger peers. Who better to help teachers and children than those who have already experienced the events themselves. The Leadership programme begins with returning to familiar events such as Sports Day, YIK Family Picnic, YMCA Bazaar, etc. as helpers and assistants. Later on, these young leaders move on to being MCs on Sports Days, Owl Academy Speech Contest, Christmas Pageant etc. The older they get, the more responsibility they receive and the more they take ownership of the events. Thus, the next step is for the students to help with the organizing and planning of events. Finally, once students reach Junior High School, they are encouraged to become Junior YMCA Leaders and are, in fact, registered as International Youth Leaders in the International YMCA database. Overall, our Leadership programme teaches valuable skills that reiterate our faith in our students becoming future leaders of the world.