HarmonyWorks! Dialogue 2012
The Dialogue was very interesting as it was intimate and allows us to speak straight from our hearts, about how we feel when we are stereotyped.
~ Amalina Nasir (17 years old), Madrasah Al-Ma’arif Al-Islamiah
OnePeople.sg conducted a special HarmonyWorks! Dialogue on 18 January 2012. A total of 61 students from Temasek Polytechnic, Global India International School, Madrasah Al-Ma’arif Al-Islamiah and Madrasah Al-Arabiah Al-Islamiah attended this programme.
Participants were asked a series of questions which interrogated into the topic of ethnicity and the effects of stereotyping.
The dialogue gave an opportunity for these students to clear their misconceptions and understand how stereotyping could offend someone from another ethnic group.
In order to harvest honest opinions, the students were given a safe space to address this taboo topics. The resulting feedback was inspiring and the bonds the students created will certainly go a long way.
I realized that a minority’s opinion actually provides majority of the various hateful comments out there. I feel that tabooing such discussions may actually undermine society’s goal of No Racism.
~ Raj Magesh (14 years old), Global Indian International School
There are people who do not care about such comments and insults, while there are others who bothers a lot. Hence, is best not to stereotype in the first place.
~ Randal Loke (18 years old), Temasek Polytechnic