Four commemorative editions of IN, the student newspaper of The Straits Times for secondary school students, will look at values like appreciating others or learning from adversity. These editions are part of a new tie-up between the Ministry of Education and Singapore's biggest English daily broadsheet.
Announcing the pilot collaboration on Friday at Pioneer Secondary School, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said that the first issue, which looks at Racial Harmony Day, had been "well-received and has enriched discussions on racial harmony in classrooms". For instance, one of the articles looked at milestones in Singapore's tumultuous past that shaped its multi-racial society. The issue has accompanying activities for students to think about their roles in maintaining racial harmony in Singapore.
These issues, which will be produced in tandem with special national occasions, will be used in classrooms over the next year. The next issue will be given out in August.
These special editions are part of The Straits Times' award-winning Newspapers In Education programme, which is in its ninth year. The programme uses daily news to bring across language and literacy, national education and values lessons.