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Poly students in projects to help South-east Asians

300 students from S'pore, the region to join scheme funded by Temasek charity

Published on Mar 29, 2014 9:15 AM
Republic Polytechnic students (from left) Hazman Azri and Pranav Gour, 18, with Ms Sin Sopheana of the Royal University of Phnom Penh, are working on a project to grow the freshwater gourami fish in padi fields. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

Give a man a fish and it feeds him for a day. Join hands to learn how best to fish and it may feed a community longer - this is precisely what young people from Singapore and Cambodia are doing.

Republic Polytechnic students are working with university students from Cambodia on a project to grow fish in Cambodian padi fields, under a new exchange scheme announced by Temasek Holdings' philanthropic arm Temasek Foundation yesterday.

"This would supplement the Cambodian rice diet with a source of protein," said Republic Poly environmental science student Hazman Azri, 20, of the project to grow the freshwater gourami fish.

Some 300 students from Singapore and South-east Asian countries will take part in the million-dollar programme called Temasek Foundation Specialists' Community Action and Leadership Exchange. They will take on hands-on research projects to improve the lives of South-east Asians. Temasek Foundation is committed to funding the scheme as it wants to nurture future leaders who see themselves as "global citizens of the future", said its chief executive Benedict Cheong.

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