Students tell Singapore story through exhibition

SINGAPORE - Two "Chinese opera singers" told students how the art form could help preserve Chinese cultural values and traditions on Friday.

Actually students dressed in brightly-coloured costumes, they were members of a team that was presenting its project, called #CHINGCHONGLINGLONG, on the final day of the Pre-University Seminar.

Students from 30 schools filled booths with colourful displays and activities to showcase what they had learnt over the four-day seminar, centred around the SG50 initiative which celebrates Singapore's jubilee year.

Team member Delwyn Cheng, 17, a second-year student from Saint Andrew's Junior College, said that he found the experience meaningful and "enlightening".

"I learnt that while the practice of certain traditions may be challenging in the modern day, we can at least try to preserve them so that they can be passed down through the generations and are not erased from memory."

Other teams explored varied subjects, including migrant workers, foreign relations, and connecting with Singaporeans living overseas.

Fifty such projects were on display at yesterday's ceremony officiated by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat. Mr Heng drew analogies between the students' experience and the Singapore story, such as working together with people of diverse backgrounds.

"The question is how we can harness the diverse strengths, ideas, and energy of all our people, and create this sense of togetherness, mission and purpose," he added.

teezhuo@sph.com.sg