Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, March 31, 2016

Kindle Garden seeks to provide all children access to a values-based, inclusive and non-discriminatory curriculum.
Kindle Garden seeks to provide all children access to a values-based, inclusive and non-discriminatory curriculum.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM KINDLE GARDEN WEBSITE

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Thursday, March 31, and which we think you'd be interested in.

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Kindle Garden to evaluate its first term

Kindle Garden will be doing an evaluation of the first term of its inclusive preschool on Thursday (March 31). The school, which began operations in January, seeks to provide all children access to a values-based, inclusive and non-discriminatory curriculum.

Through such an approach, it hopes to reduce barriers, embrace diversity and create a rich environment for enriched learning and growth, mutual respect and understanding to benefit all children and society.

Lien Foundation partnered VWO AWWA and government agency SG Enable, to start the school. Parents of special needs children are also expected to give their feedback.

World leaders at nuclear summit


The Nuclear Security Summit will be hosted by United States President Barack Obama on Thursday (March 31) and Friday (April 1). PHOTO: REUTERS

United States President Barack Obama will host the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington on Thursday (March 31) and Friday (April 1), an international gathering aimed at ensuring that nuclear material in the world’s roughly 1,000 atomic facilities is secured.

The spectre of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group obtaining a “dirty bomb” will loom over the top-level summit.

All eyes on bank lending data 


Office workers in Shenton Way on 14 April 2015. PHOTO: ST FILE

Economists will be looking at signs of improvement in the local economy with the expected release on Thursday (March 31) of Singapore’s bank lending data for last month. 

Loans and advances by domestic banks had edged up marginally in January from the previous month on little movement in business and consumer loans. Compared with a year ago, January bank lending was down 1.2 per cent.