Experiencing Singapore’s Heart and Soul through its social innovations
Eight journalists, five countries, one cross-cultural experience of a lifetime.
The Singapore International Foundation (SIF) welcomed eight editors and journalists from across Asean—Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam—on its recent Multilateral Journalist Visit Programme (JVP). The journalists represented both print and online news outlets.
From exploring urban farming on our island city and community spaces for people with disabilities, to learning about the region’s interconnected and rich cultural history, the journalists took a deep dive into the heart and soul of Singapore. It was also the first JVP to welcome media representing five nationalities, and the diversity of journalists deepened the insights shared among each other.
Zon Pann Pwint, The Myanmar Times, Myanmar, shared her reflections on the week-long programme, and said, “Through this visit, I got to meet many experts across various fields, made many new friends, and developed a great understanding of Singapore that I would not have been able to gain online.”
Okke Nuraini Oscar, kumparan.com, Indonesia, added that the programme showed her a side of Singapore she had not known before. “Singapore cares greatly for people with disabilities and even works hard to empower them. They are very conscious about constantly improving what they have, not taking things for granted, and this makes them good learners. Singapore, I salute you!”
The JVP coincided with the inaugural Asean Youth Fellowship (AYF), an exclusive week-long leadership development programme for emerging young Asean leaders, jointly organised by the National Youth Council and the SIF. Participants from the JVP and AYF had the opportunity to engage with one another throughout the week, sharing their views on social trends facing Asean’s future and discussing ways to better influence positive change in the region.
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