How learning gave me hope to alter a drug-fuelled destiny

With national attention focused on how to lift people out of poverty, a former drug addict turned corporate trainer says it is essential to help people learn. Learning helps people take charge of their own lives to change for the better.

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Parliament's recent focus on the issue of stratification drew my notice, getting me instinctively to think about my own life.

Seven precious years of my teenage life were irresponsibly given to delinquency and drug addiction. Fortunately I did not have a conviction record but those lost years still left me in a dire state. With only a Primary School Leaving Examination certificate, a poor command of English, a loathing for studying and a warped mindset - to be precise.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 14, 2018, with the headline How learning gave me hope to alter a drug-fuelled destiny. Subscribe