HarmonyWorks! Conference 2013 – Generation NEXT: The Future of Harmony

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What does racial harmony means to you?

“It means accepting and respecting the cultures of other races and understanding underlying reasons for cultural actions.”

What do you see as strengths and gaps in Singapore’s model of racial harmony? Is tolerance enough?

“There are structural levellers; government policies to promote inter-racial interactions, for instance, HDB quota for different races to live together”

“Singaporeans are intolerant of acts of racism and will openly condemn them”

These were few takeaways from the breakout discussions at the annual HarmonyWorks! Conference 2013. About 800 students attended the Conference and reflected on the state of race relations and aspirations for racial harmony moving forward. The students were engaged on current issues such as the changing social landscape of Singapore and its impact on race relations and values youths can champion in the real and virtual realms.

View all the photos here.

I understand the importance of living in peace with different races and cultures”

~ Simran Sokhi (Global Indian International School)

The highlight of the event was the dialogue session with the Guest of Honour, Acting Minister for Manpower, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, and panelists Mr Neil Humphreys, a columnist with TODAY newspaper and author of ‘Notes from an Even Smaller Island,’ and Dr Mathew Mathews, Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies and Board Member OnePeople.sg.

I have gained insights in promoting racial harmony and social cohesion.

~ Azfar Hadif (Madrasah Al-Irsyad)

The Conference has taught me the importance of racial harmony. It made me more aware of the ill effects of racism.

~ Doris Lim (Yuying Secondary School)

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