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Edusave Character Award (ECHA)

MOE introduced the Edusave Character Award (ECHA) in 2012 to enable schools to recognise students who demonstrate exemplary character and outstanding personal qualities through their behaviour and actions. This is part of the larger goal to foster an inclusive and stronger Singapore as we broaden the qualities and achievements to be encouraged and applauded. The award also supports our continuing efforts in nurturing pupils of good values and character, who are active contributors and concerned citizens.

The objectives of the ECHA are:
      • To send a clear and strong signal of the importance that MOE places on character and values, on par with achievements in the academic domain; and

      • To recognise outstanding students who are exemplary in character, and who can be role models to inspire others.

Eligibility Criteria
    1. All Singapore citizens who have met the selection criteria and have cleared the selection process are eligible regardless of the level they are in.

    2. Students must, on a consistent basis, demonstrate good character and values and be good role models to their peers. In particular, students will be identified for demonstrating the following types of qualities:
          • School motto and values:
            Charity - shows care and concern for others
            Patience - exercises self-control and tolerance towards others
            Devotion - remains loyal and committed to self, family, school and nation
            Integrity - shows honesty and upholds strong moral principles
            Graciousness - is kind, courteous, generous and harmonious
            Humility - is respectful and recognises that others may be better than oneself
            Tenacity - shows determination and perseverance 

          • A high level of civic responsibility: Students who are concerned about issues in the community or issues faced by others, initiate action to address these issues to improve the lives of others, and demonstrate commitment to make a positive difference.

          • Qualities associated with resilience: Students who have persevered despite facing difficult circumstances (e.g. financial problems, family issues, health issues), and managed to overcome the odds and still do commendably well in academic and non-academic domains. Students may be nominated regardless of their academic results provided that their weak academic results are not due to negative character traits but attributed to difficulties that go beyond the control of the student.


Students can be nominated by staff, parents, coaches and other partners using the prescribed nomination form. In addition, they can be nominated by their peers (only P3-6). The forms are available from the General Office, school website and P3-6 Form Teachers. 

Nominations will open in Term 3. 

Shortlisting and Selection

The selection will be conducted by a panel comprising school staff, student leaders and school chaplaincy.


The validation and endorsement of the ECHA awardees will be conducted by a panel comprising school staff, school leaders and members of the School Management Committee (SMC).

Form of Award

Similar to the practice for other Edusave awards, the ECHA awardees will receive a certificate and an award voucher. The ECHA award quanta are as follows:

LevelsAward Quantum
Primary 1 to 3$200
Primary 4 to 6$350

If you have any queries or need clarifications regarding the award, please contact the General Office at 63394247.