Young people can lead in anti-litter effort

We thank Mr Ng Tze Yik for his suggestion ("Kids can be anti-litter ambassadors"; Jan 5).

Indeed, littering is a problem in Singapore and everyone, including children, has a role to play.

Having children as litter-free ambassadors will inculcate good behaviour from a young age and help to create a positive change within their circles of influence, such as parents, family members and friends.

Recognising the need to shape positive social norms in children from a young age, the Public Hygiene Council and the Ministry of Education launched the Keep Singapore Clean Movement in Schools in 2014 for students to take the lead and drive cleanliness efforts within and beyond their school compounds.

Through this initiative, students get to put their values into practice by being responsible for keeping the places they frequent, such as the classroom or common areas in the neighbourhood, clean.

Parents also play an important role in reinforcing the right values and behaviour at home.

Without their support and encouragement, the right values may not be passed down to the next generation.

At the National Day Parade National Education shows last year, students bagged their litter and helped their fellow schoolmates clear the seating areas of litter after the show.

They may have been young but their actions truly made a great impact. Their actions have helped to affirm their sense of ownership for keeping their environment clean.

However, keeping Singapore clean requires a collective effort from all of us to not litter and to advise others not to litter.

We encourage all members of the public to support the Keep Singapore Clean Movement and make Singapore a truly clean city.

More information can be found on www.publichygienecouncil.sg

Edward D'Silva
Chairman
Public Hygiene Council

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 13, 2016, with the headline 'Young people can lead in anti-litter effort'. Print Edition | Subscribe