伊顿专访 |一对将快乐再次带到学习中的母子 Meet The Mother-Son Duo Behind EtonHouse
EtonHouse International Education Group’s 25th Anniversary
On a Saturday morning, Mr Ng Hark Seng and Mrs Ng Gim Choo were awakened by their daughter, who asked to go to school even though it was a weekend. Her enthusiasm for learning moved them and planted a seed that would eventually lead to a paradigm shift in education. At that time, the family were expatriates in London. Upon returning to Singapore, Mrs Ng Gim Choo, with the encouragement of her brother Mr Jimmy Oh, decided to pursue her dreams of starting a new school that is inspired by the best cultures and pedagogical approaches from around the world. Mrs Ng founded EtonHouse in 1995, which has since helped countless young learners realise their full potential.
Today, 25 years after founding the school, EtonHouse gradually grew from a humble pre-school into an international education group with more than a hundred schools in over 12 countries. Mrs Ng and her son and successor, Ng Yi Xian, recently had an interview with The Finder, a lifestyle media in Singapore. They shared about how family has played a pivotal role in growing EtonHouse.
23 October 2020
Here’s The Mother-Son Duo Who Have Put The Fun Back Into Learning
Mrs Ng Gim Choo (left), Founder and Group Managing Director
Ng Yi Xian (right), Executive Director of EtonHouse
What inspired mum Ng Gim Choo to start EtonHouse International Education Group in 1995?
Her daughter’s experience in kindergarten when they lived in the U.K. “She enjoyed it so much that on the weekends she would put on her uniform and wait for me to bring her to school,” she recalls. Upon returning to SG, Gim Choo wanted to create such a world where learning was such a joyful experience. Today, EtonHouse boasts a stellar reputation and 120 schools in more than 12 countries, including 14 around the island. And Gim Choo’s son Yi Xian has since joined the family business.
Family Time FTW!
While Covid has certainly been disruptive for their educational group, it’s been a boon for Ng family togetherness. New farther Yi Xian is treasuring every moment spent with his 6-month-old twin sons and enjoys spoiling them, too. He recently purchased a one-of-a-kind Manhattan Skwish wood rattle and teether toy for the boys. Meanwhile, grandma Gim Choo says she has “fallen in love all over again” with the twins.
Gim Choo starts her day with a walk. “I wake up at 5 a.m., take in fresh air and do my thinking.” Yi Xian, on the other hand, likes to do meditation. He has also started a podcast called A Different Path in which he interviews Singaporeans who have “dared to be different”.
胡锦珠女士每天用散步开启美好的一天。“我每天早上五点起床，散步时呼吸新鲜空气，之后开始高效的一天”她说。黄毅贤先生则喜欢在傍晚做冥想。他最近创立了一个播客——”A Different Path”，在这个播客中，他采访那些“敢于与众不同”的新加坡人。
Mrs Ng Gim Choo, Founder and Managing Director of The EtonHouse Group won the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award under the Education category in 2019. The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is an annual awards program that honours Singapore’s top entrepreneurs for their contributions to the economy and society.
作为一名成功的企业家，新加坡伊顿国际教育集团的创办人、董事长胡锦珠女士获得过诸多荣誉，并于2019年荣获“安永(Ernst & Young)年度最佳企业家奖（教育类）”。该奖项是一个年度奖励计划，旨在表彰新加坡的顶级企业家对经济和社会做出的贡献。