MCCY's Addendum to President's Address: Strengthen national identity, engage public through SGfuture dialogues

Inspiring national pride through heritage, arts, and sports is among the initiatives outlined by the Ministry of Culture, Community, and Youth.
Inspiring national pride through heritage, arts, and sports is among the initiatives outlined by the Ministry of Culture, Community, and Youth. ST PHOTO: YEO KAI WEN

SINGAPORE - How to strengthen Singapore's national identity and build a cohesive and caring community are two key priorities for the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) in the next five years.

One way to do this is through the SGfuture dialogues which are aimed at encouraging Singaporeans to play a part in charting the country's future, the ministry said on Friday (Jan 22) in an Addendum to President Tony Tan Keng Yam's address at the opening of Parliament last week.

Here's a look at the initiatives outlined by MCCY:

Engaging Singaporeans

* Deepen engagement with Singaporeans through various platforms, such as the SGfuture dialogues which are scheduled to run till the middle of the year

* Engage young people on issues that matter to them, and rally them to contribute to the community

* Do more to help Singaporeans appreciate and celebrate Singapore's history. An example is the discussion on the Founders' Memorial. A steering committee is in charge of canvassing views from Singaporeans on how the memorial can best reflect the nation's founding values and inspire future generations

Inspiring national pride through heritage, arts and sports

* Profile and preserve facets of Singapore's heritage through projects such as the revamped National Museum and Asian Civilisations Museum, and the new National Gallery Singapore

* Continue to support athletes' and artists' pursuit of excellence and professional development. For example, the ministry has announced that it is setting up the new National Youth Sports Institute to give young athletes more customised support. The institute will serve both the Singapore Sports School and mainstream schools

Inspiring a culture of giving


* Encourage volunteerism and philanthropy, starting with the youth. The National Youth Council will reach out to more young people through the Youth Corps Singapore and its partners

* Inspire more working adults to volunteer. The Public Service will take the lead by adopting more charities

* More support and recognition for senior volunteers, through the Silver Volunteer Fund and President's Volunteerism and Philanthropy Award

Fostering social bonding

* Build stronger community bonds among the youth, by expanding the National Youth Council's Outward Bound Singapore adventure learning programmes, and *SCAPE's music, media, dance, and personal development programmes for the youth

* Step up efforts in handling neighbour disputes

* Improve sports infrastructure so that members of the public have better access to facilities, and promote active lifestyle and community bonding through programmes like ActiveSG