Voices Of Youth

Nurture innovative minds early

Gone are the times when Singapore was dependent on other countries for help. It is now time for "made in Singapore" inventions to gain worldwide recognition ("'Made in Singapore' going places"; July 22).

It is heartening to know that Singaporean brains were behind cutting-edge water technology that China will be using to recover valuable metals from hazardous waste water.

I am proud to be part of a country where such inventions originate.

With the rapid technological advancements in Singapore, it is only right to explore different ways to tap them. Indeed, "design thinking", "prototype" and "testing" are familiar terms.

This is the result of our education system, which is designed to encourage creative and critical thinking from a young age. It has allowed many people to think out of the box and push beyond our limits.

As a tertiary student, I have been exposed to design thinking in various aspects, where I had to brainstorm solutions to pressing issues in society today.

Our education system is certainly a way to find and nurture innovative minds which will be the future of our research and development industry.

Students should never be afraid to try new things and let their creativity flow.

Pavithira Naidu Varatharajoo Naidu,
18, second-year polytechnic student

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 10, 2016, with the headline 'Nurture innovative minds early'. Print Edition | Subscribe