The Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism will be supporting two events this year to help raise awareness of the importance of nurturing bilingualism among pre-school children.
The first event is the Asian Festival of Children's Content which aims to develop bilingualism in children up to the age of eight. The festival, organised by the National Book Development Council of Singapore, will feature children's stories with Asian content. Over 1,000 writers, illustrators, publishers, teachers and parents, as well as up to 8,000 members of the public are expected to attend the event, which will be held from May 25 to May 30 at the National Library building.
The second event that will be supported will be the 9th International Symposium on Bilingualism, to be held from June 10 to June 13 at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) campus. It will be focused on multilingualism and the linguistic landscape of Singapore. Organised by NTU's Division of Linguistics and Multilingual Studies, the symposium is expected to draw over 600 participants.
The fund was set up in 2011 to encourage bilingualism and has so far supported about 10 projects.