Asean students keen to solve social issues

70 teens from region gather at forum to focus on the elderly, the disabled and the environment

Together with the SG Food Rescue organisation, these Asean students collected close to 300kg of vegetables from food sellers and stallholders in Little India. The students are taking part in the inaugural Step Sociovation Forum, which is organised by
Together with the SG Food Rescue organisation, these Asean students collected close to 300kg of vegetables from food sellers and stallholders in Little India. The students are taking part in the inaugural Step Sociovation Forum, which is organised by the Singapore University of Social Sciences and funded by Temasek Foundation International, this week.PHOTO: SUSS
Students from Thailand and Brunei rinsing weeds yesterday at eco-farm Ground-Up Initiative in Yishun. The weeds were to be used for composting.
Students from Thailand and Brunei rinsing weeds yesterday at eco-farm Ground-Up Initiative in Yishun. The weeds were to be used for composting.PHOTO: SUSS

Magno Alvin James is a teenager with big dreams.

The 18-year-old high school student from the Philippines wants to change how his country manages waste and deals with garbage disposal. "People in Manila think that garbage in the streets and dirty water are a norm. This mindset needs to change," said Alvin.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 13, 2019, with the headline 'Asean students keen to solve social issues'. Subscribe