English Proficiency For All
We believe in the power of learning. We empower migrants and refugees by giving them a voice and the tools they need to make a difference.
What We Do
We provide personalised language, vocational and computer skills training to migrant workers and refugees. By partnering corporates and employers in the construction, manufacturing and shipping industries, we are working towards creating safer and more productive workplaces. We use our proprietary curriculum combined with advance teaching methodologies to provide a platform to connect professional trainers, volunteers and migrants to facilitate their assimilation into the mainstream.
Our classes are taught with the help of experienced professionals fluent in both, English and the native language of migrants. Using team activities, workplace simulation and an industry-first Befrienders Program, we customise our classes to meet industry needs, ensuring workers are familiar with technical terms and operating procedures of their workplace.
As Featured In
Channel News Asia
"Championing the cause of the under-represented migrant worker community through English language training"
"Aspiring young social entrepreneurs who want to make a difference in the community"
The Straits Times
"Youth on a mission to ease foreign workers' woes"
Digital News Asia
"Seeks to champion the welfare of migrant workers in Singapore, as well as to create a more inclusive society, by empowering them with improved communication skills."
"Making the world suck less"
Check out what are our students have to say!
"Farhan Bhai shares his experience of studying at SDI Academy"
"Each week, I look forward to our class - it helps me at work and also helps me make Singaporean friends. Everyone here is so helpful, patient and kind. Thank you SDI"
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We're on a mission.
Sazzad had a first hand experience of not being able to speak English when he arrived in Singapore. His own struggle has inspired him to launch an initiative to teach English to migrant workers.
Manas' interaction with migrant workers inspired him to work towards championing their cause. He manages SDI's corporate and investor relationships and is responsible for fund-raising and strategy.
Anika Bte Kasem
Head of Curriculum Development
Anika is SDI's in-house grammar nazi and designs the proprietary curriculum and class plans which make SDI the preferred choice for students and employers.
Towfiq A Chowdhury
Head of Sales
Towfiq is our sales guru, whether its face-to-face or digital, B2B or B2C, Towfiq successfully manages client expectations to increase SDI's reach.
Head of Communications
Yakoob's passion to bring people together led him to work at SDI. He manages our public relations effort and raises awareness of migrant workers' cause both nationally and internationally.
Yu Ann Tan
Manager, Strategic Partnerships
Ann is a master matchmaker who manages our relationship with key partners besides helping us form important alliances with key stakeholders.
Loo Zhiyuan Natalie
Manager, Training & Development
Nat's experience and enthusiasm for curriculum development adds a creative touch to our teaching methodology.
Manager, Strategic Partnerships
Raeesah manages our efforts to drive stakeholder engagement and raises awareness about problems faced by migrant workers and refugees
Manager, Digital & Design
Rosalind drives our creative branding and digital marketing strategies. She hopes to bridge the gap with migrant workers and inspire more people
Advisor & Alumni
Valerie played an instrumental role in helping SDI Academy reach this stage before departing to pursue other passions.
We've got a top-notch group of partners without whom we could not have made this journey!
We are grateful for their funding and support.
We let the results speak for themselves.
Hours of lessons delivered
Youth Entrepreneurship Award
DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia (emerged as winners against 683 entries from 30 countries)
Winners, Most Socially Impactful Start-up
Nanyang Tech-Entreprenuership Center
Ministry of Manpower Hackathon