Age is not an issue when it comes to learning
Gency Ong has been a diligent housewife for 17 years, taking care of her family before she re-joined the workforce in 2013 after obtaining a certificate in social service. Now at 56, she plans to continue with her studies by taking up a diploma course next year. She intends to continue working in social service after getting the diploma.
"Age is not an issue when it comes to learning", she proudly declared.
Passion in Social Work
Her interest for social work and compassion she feels for others were heavily influenced by her late mother, who had always taught her to empathise with the needy and to help those who were unable to help themselves.
"I remember helping a fellow classmate when I was in primary one. She was mentally challenged and had soiled herself in school. Although the rest of my classmates shunned her, I felt bad for her and assisted in cleaning her up. I knew then I wanted to dedicate my time to help others who cannot help themselves."
Clear goal and making friends
Gency has a clear goal of what she want to achieve on her learning journey. She said: "It's never too late to learn or acquire new knowledge and skill, which can help to put us on the path to a happier life. I have made new friends along the way, who also shared my passion for learning and it made me a better person."
She picks up a group of friends when she started her learning journey a couple of years back. This group of friends share her passion for learning and they banded together as a learning support group. Her social circle has also since been expanded and she is happy to be part of the group.
Continue to learn
Gency often visits the National Silver Academy (NSA) website looking for courses so that she can upgrade herself. She feels that continuous learning enable her to deepen her knowledge, broaden her mind and enhance her perception of life. She endeavours to continue in her pursuit of a meaningful life through volunteer work, lifelong learning and making new friends.
**Special thanks to Madam Gency Ong who accepted our interview, we wish her all the very best in her lifelong learning journey.
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