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PA introduces bite-sized courses for residents

The People's Association (PA) has introduced bite-sized courses called Course Xpress. This is based on residents' feedback, requesting for short modular courses held during the day.

SINGAPORE: The People's Association (PA) has introduced bite-sized courses called Course Xpress. This is based on residents' feedback, requesting for short modular courses held during the day.

According to the PA, to date more than 850,000 residents have attended more than 2,000 of its regular courses held at all the CCs.

Programmes under Course Xpress are one-hour long and cost S$10 or below.

Citizens aged 60 and above will enjoy all courses under Course Xpress at a flat rate of S$3. Courses under Course Xpress will be offered at 12 Community Clubs across all five districts and four Water-Venture reservoir outlets on weekdays before 5pm.

Residents get a 10 per cent discount on all courses and Course Xpress during the Great PAsssion Sale, from June 7 to July 7. Those interested can sign at any of the 107 Clubs or at www.one.pa.gov.sg.

At the launch ceremony on Saturday, residents had an opportunity to try out some of the courses under Course Xpress -- One such course is the art of paper quilling. It involves coiling and shaping of paper strips to create designs such as flowers.

Others had their hands busy at the Xpress Yenji Clay Craft booth, making decorative pieces using non-toxic air dry clay.

The People's Association said it hopes to reach out to youths, homemakers, retirees as well as shift workers.

Ang Hak Seng, chief executive director of the People's Association, said: "Engaging our residents so that, for example our retirees, they can lead an active lifestyle... By attending courses at the CCs, not only will it enrich their lives but it also creates an opportunity for them to socialise." 

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