The Singapore Policy History Project (SPHP) curates materials such as newspaper articles, audio-visual clips and oral history interviews behind policy decisions made throughout the country’s history.
These governmental archives are presented in thematic collections, which tell the story of how and why such policy paths have been taken, shaping Singapore the way it is today.
Three new themes have been recently added to the project.
1. Baby Steps - Child Care in the Early Years
Childcare centres are ubiquitous in Singapore today - with over 1,300 centres currently - a stark contrast from how Singapore first started out with a few struggling children’s social centres for low-income families. Find out how our government prioritised access to affordable and good quality early child education from 1946 to 1976 in ‘Baby Steps - Child Care in the Early Years’.
2. Cultivating a Nation of Readers - The National Library and Student Literacy
‘Cultivating a Nation of Readers - The National Library and Student Literacy’ documents the growth of our library from pre-independence to today, guided by the vision of Singapore’s forefathers.
3. Maintaining Social Harmony – Managing The Media Environment
‘Maintaining Social Harmony – Managing The Media Environment’ explains the necessity of media regulation by the government in the pursuit of social stability.
For more information on the Singapore Policy History Project, please visit http://www.nas.gov.sg/archivesonline/policy_history/.
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