Chinese nursery rhymes with a local twist among new bilingual fund projects

A movie about a boy learning Chinese opera, a weekly Tamil publication and Chinese nursery rhymes are among the five latest projects sponsored by the Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism.

The fund, which was set up by former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew in 2011, supports teaching and learning of English and mother tongue languages at pre-school level.

Through one project, children can look forward to reciting and singing from a book containing 30 Chinese nursery rhymes later this year (2014).

Saintly Education centre, the language centre behind the effort, plans to distribute the books to childcare centres and kindergartens.

The rhymes developed by the centre's tutors will be inspired by elements of Singapore's culture, like food, transport, places of interest and housing.

So far, 22 projects have been supported by the fund, which has received over 150 proposals.