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Writing your next Chapter for Singapore – Social & Family Development

Writing your next Chapter for Singapore – Social & Family Development

While ‘Our National Conversation’ is the buzzword du jour as the Government seeks to get a more intimate understanding on the wants and desires of Singaporeans, one group of Singaporeans are eager to let their voices be heard – the Youth. The BYTES@CAMPUS Youth Engagement Forum will be giving them their deserved soapbox and will be holding its 5th forum on Saturday, 30th March 2013, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm at Bishan Park Secondary School.

For this 5th installment, the Guest-of-Honour, Mr. Seah Kian Peng, Deputy Speaker of Parliament and GPC Chairman for the Ministry of Social & Family Development, will be engaging youths from various secondary schools and ITEs on the topic – Writing your next Chapter for Singapore – Social & Family Development.

The forum will be preceded by an idea generation session between the youths and Mr. Seah. Participants will be separated into several groups to brainstorm ideas for community projects related to how the participants would like to contribute to the development of the social and family structure in Singapore. The twist to this brainstorm session is that ideas put down on paper by each individual group will be passed around other groups for them to add on their own inputs. This initial exchange of ideas will lay the foundation for the engagement forum to follow.

Positioning Singapore’s youth as Change Advocates, the forum will then explore what roles the youth can play in the shaping of Singapore’s social and family fabric. Structured to be a light-hearted exchange, the forum aims to tease out the youth perspective on the ongoing challenges faced by Singaporeans and how the youth view themselves in the larger picture of Singapore’s society. The forum also seeks to spark their interest in speaking up on issues important to them and in contributing to other aspects of the ongoing National Conversation.

The BYTES@CAMPUS series is the brainchild of Mr. Delane Lim, Academy Founder & Chief Executive for Agape Group Holdings. On the importance of including the youth in the National Conversation, Mr Lim says, “The youth are always offering fresh and surprisingly astute perspectives on issues happening in Singapore. All they lack is a proper platform to gain that confidence to express themselves. I believe it is also important for them to start taking some ownership of how they would like their country to develop into, because they will be the generation inheriting the Singapore we are starting to shape today.”

Since July 2012, the BYTES@CAMPUS series has been actively bringing together the youth in Singapore to get them more involved in the changes shaping Singapore. BYTES@CAMPUS has already gained acknowledgement and support from the Government with the National Integration Council offering support and several politicians, including Acting Minister Chan Chun Sing, Acting Minister Tan Chuan-Jin, as well as MPs Ms. Tin Pei Ling and Mr. Lim Biow Chuan, gracing BYTES@CAMPUS events as guests-of-honour.