Singapore Insights: Social Innovation and Enterprise
How is Singapore moving towards a more inclusive society? 28 Siyuan scholars and their teachers visiting from Fudan University, Shanghai participated in the Singapore Insights: Social Innovation and Enterprise programme to find out more.
For the second year running, the Singapore International Foundation welcomed Chinese scholars from the Siyuan Programme (思源计划) as part of our “Singapore Insights: Social Innovation and Enterprise” series on 30 August 2017. A total of 24 students and four teachers from Fudan University, Shanghai participated in a one-day programme where they gained insights into Singapore’s innovative solutions in addressing social needs related to disabilities.
The students of the Siyuan Programme were selected from six Chinese universities based on their academic excellence and leadership potential. The programme is envisioned as a scholarship to cultivate social responsibility and the spirit of service among outstanding Chinese students.
During their visit to Singapore, students and teachers participated in a simulation exercise led by social enterprise Etch Empathy which is an alumnus of our Young Social Entrepreneurs programme. The students experienced how the visually impaired navigate through other senses. Visually impaired facilitators Zahier, Norizzan and Erna shared their challenges, their role as a member of society and also their aspirations. Through the session, participants also gained new perspectives on how enterprises, such as Etch Empathy, play a role in creating an inclusive society in Singapore.
“The event made me feel that I really can, and have to, do something for this world I live in," said He Nina, a student representative. "I got a better understanding of Singapore, especially how the country tries to make itself a more harmonious and a better place.”
The group then toured various facilities at Enabling Village (EV), an inclusive and accessible community space for the public with a focus on providing training and employment opportunities for persons with disabilities through social businesses. EV is an initiative by SG Enable and the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF), demonstrating how the Public sector and community come together to create access and inclusiveness.
The participants had the opportunity to try out examples of assistive technology at Tech Able, a facility that showcases how persons with disabilities can live and work independently by leveraging technology. At EV, they experienced the application of Universal Design elements that enable users, regardless of their age, size, ability or disability to access, experience and engage in the space and its programmes.
“There are a lot more accessible facilities for persons with disabilities here in Singapore, whether in the gym or the lavatory. Here, people really have the chance to empower themselves by learning different skills. This allows persons with disabilities to feel like they’re part of the community and not so different from others,” said Ma Xiaoyang, another student representative.
Joining Hands for Safer Pregnancies, Healthier Babies
Three-year Singapore-Tamil Nadu partnership comes to a fruitful close after having trained 1,000 healthcare professionals and benefiting 100,000 pregnant mothers across the southern Indian state.
Going Together, Going Further
29 international participants reconvened for the Artists for a Better World Study Visit in Kuala Lumpur where they gained insights on how diverse stakeholders can further boost the impact of harnessing Arts for Good.
Singapore and Vietnam Work Together to Boost Haemodialysis Care in North Vietnam
The Singapore International Foundation (SIF) partners with Hanoi Medical University (HMU) and Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) for the first time to enhance standards in haemodialysis care for over 5,000 kidney patients in the region.
Minister Yaacob Ibrahim’s Visit to Water for Life Project in Siem Reap
Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information Dr Yaacob Ibrahim visited the Singapore International Foundation’s (SIF) Water for Life project in the Prasat Bakong district in Siem Reap on 30 November 2017. His visit, to see...
Friends for a Better World
Through the lens of National Geographic, find out how our Citizen Ambassadors help to build a Better World.