Fifty Asian youths of eight nationalities – Burmese, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Filipino, Malaysian, Singaporean and Thai – participated in the Singapore International Foundation’s (SIF) new Friendship Express programme for bridging communities from 11 to 23 June.
They gained insights and a better appreciation of different cultures, strengthened camaraderie and made friends with communities in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, through learning, collaborating on community projects, as well as living and travelling together.
Among the youths, 40 were from Singapore’s five polytechnics while the remaining 10 comprised five Malaysian students from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and five Thai students from the King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok.
Led by the Singapore Polytechnic faculty, participants applied the concept of design-thinking to community projects, tapping on their schooling in various fields, such as engineering, business and social enterprise, food science and accountancy, to propose innovative solutions to address the needs identified by developing communities.
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