Young Singaporeans urged to step forward to ‘contribute’ to society
Posted by temasektimes on May 31, 2012
Singapore youth should take a step forward to play a proactive role in contributing to society, said Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Halimah Yacob.
Speaking during a convention for student leaders on Wednesday morning, Madam Halimah said student leaders should lead by example and help pave the way for their peers to bring about ‘change’ in their schools and communities, one avenue being the Community Involvement Project (CIP), which allows students to help welfare institutions and spearhead community projects.
“The CIP, in my view, is a useful programme, but how you operationalise it in your schools is important. Provided you approach it with the right attitude, and also, with the right motivation, and you understand the purpose. It’s not just a question of chalking up the required points, but it has an underlying objective,” said Madam Halimah.
She reiterated that volunteer work is important for students to get a view of the real world outside:
“In our schools, once you go to university, you can be very divorced, isolated from reality. You must be able to step out of that security, that comfort, to connect with the real world outside. And the best way is for you to volunteer.”