Social Pricing


Social Pricing Mechanism is a system that adjust the prices of all programs under Forest School Singapore and Coach Darren LLP so that learners from all socio-economic backgrounds can gain access to our programs. We believe in the quality, passion and energy of our programs but we also believe that with this system in place to share the resources we have, the world will be a better place. All children should be given the opportunity to experience and enjoy the world we live in and not lose that opportunity because of lack of access to resources.

“May I be a protector for those without protection
A leader for those who journey
A boat, a bridge, a passage
For those desiring the further shore”
– Shantideva

How we came to introduce the Social Pricing Mechanism

Our founder, Darren, was first introduced to the idea of Social pricing mechanism when he was in a Philippines Forest School in Davao, Mindanao, when he went to visit a friend there in December 2015. He saw how the children of expats, with average income above USD$5000, and the children of trishaw riders, some of whom have income below the poverty line, were in the same compound attending the same forest school classes. This was very thought-provoking for him and inspired him to bring this to his own Forest School sessions. When he came back, he did more research on the mechanism and adapted it to suit the local context.

How does the Social Pricing Mechanism Work?

Interested applicants will have to reach out to us to indicate their interest in this system. They will then be interviewed by our team, led by our founder, Darren. Darren’s background in various field over the past 10 years have gave him insights into the multiple facets of our society. In social volunteerism, he volunteered with elderly, children, youth-at-risk, arts-cultural-heritage movements and medical areas in both the planning and groundwork phases. In overseas humanitarian work, he was also involved in an initiative involving the adoption of schools in India. He also led community involvement projects for schools as a local guide. His experiences as an executor and planner in these projects gave him the insights into corruption, and the deeply-rooted issues behind poverty. Darren’s experience in providing career and life consultancy, also comes into good use in understanding the full picture. 

The Algorithm of Our Social Pricing Mechanism

The following set of details will be used by our consultant and/or interviewer to determine the algorithm of the mechanism:
1) Total Household Income Level
2) Household Population Size
3) Allocation of Expenses
4) Reason and Motivation for joining Program
5) Commitment & Availability

Outcome of Social Pricing Mechanism

Once the interview is completed, applicant will be informed about the amount that he/she will be paying for the program after the adjustment. The amount charged will fit in adequately with the family’s financial situation. The adjustment may range from 95% to 5% of the full value. We believe through listening and understanding face to face, we can achieve what tons of forms submission couldn’t. The management decision on the pricing of the programs will be final.

Social Pricing Sponsors

We are glad and honoured to be able to announce that our Social Pricing is sponsored by the following organisation and individual as part of our combined belief that learners from all socio-economic backgrounds should gain access to our programs, and that children should be given the opportunity to experience and enjoy the world we live in, not lose that opportunity because we can’t bridge the economical gap.

Corporate Sponsors 

A large thank you to our sponsor, Amrop Partnership SC

Amrop Partnership SC is a global leadership advisory and executive search partnership, helping you find and develop leaders for what’s next. Shaping sustainable success is our mission, craft and passion.
Sponsor (2019 – Now)

Individual Sponsor 

A large thank you to our individual sponsor, Michael Phee
Sponsor (2020)

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