Capacity Building Programmes
Certificate in Education Studies in Leadership (CESL)

CESL 2021

CESL 2019

CESL 2018

The Certificate in Education Studies in Leadership (CESL) is designed to provide K-12 school leaders and senior administrators with a repertoire of knowledge, skills and dispositions that will enable them to be effective, culturally-sensitive and context-responsive leaders within their school systems.

The design principles of CESL revolve around three core concepts:

  • the use of blended strategies for leadership learning that balances online lectures and self-paced learning;
  • the application of experiential learning through guided school and industry visits, and guest speakers built around problem-based learning (PBL) approaches; and
  • the extensive use of Communities of Practice (COPs) through guided reflection sessions and planned encounters with Critical Friends and Mentors.

Each participant is expected to implement a Transformational Action Project (TAP) in their schools during the duration of the course. The project should incorporate the key concepts learnt during the course and its effectiveness tracked and observed.

The HEAD Foundation is pleased to partner with the following institutions in delivering the programme:

  • 2021: the University of Nottingham and the Ateneo Center for Educational Development in the Philippines
  • 2019: the University of Queensland and the Ateneo Center for Educational Development in the Philippines
  • 2018: the University of Queensland and Universitas Negiri Jakarta in Indonesia

Read more about the programme here.

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Mr Ho Swee Huat

Mr Ho Swee Huat is the Founder and Managing Director of Abacus Assets Advisors Pte Ltd. Before starting the company, he had an established career in the banking industry, with 20 years of experience in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York.

He was an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of CapitaCommercial Trust Management LTD from 2004 to 2013.

He is the current Chairman of Autism Association (Singapore) which he co-founded with a group of parents in 1992. He is also Vice-Chairman of Eden School, a special school for children with autism.

Mr Ho holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Liberal Arts degree in Economics from Hamilton College, USA.

He has been a member of the Board of the Foundation since its incorporation.