“I learnt about the different races and cultures and that mutual respect and love is needed from everyone to maintain peace and harmony in a country.” – Jamie Toh Shing Ying, 14, Tampines Secondary School
“I didn’t think or care about the immigrants but after attending this event, I learned about interesting culture and histories of the immigrants.” – Sean Quek, 14, Kuo Chuan Presbyterian
“We are belonging to the same race; human race. We don’t need discrimination or something. We just need to respect others.” – Xu Shihao, 16, Chinese International School
An annual event organised by OnePeople.sg, Campteen 2012 drew more than 200 multi-racial youths from 26 different local and international schools and madrasahs who came together to express their views on the multi-racial society in Singapore through the creation of an artwork; a giant paper heart entitled “Heart of Diversity”. Mr Zainudin Nordin, Chairman, OnePeople.sg was invited to grace the event and did the unveiling of this artwork. The Finale also showcased the highlights of the youth’s experiences from the 4D3N camp, as well as their reflections on this learning journey. Chairman OnePeople.sg also presented certificates to the participants of Campteen, marking the commissioning of over 200 multi-racial youths as OnePeople.sg’s “Youth Racial Harmony Ambassadors”. The Finale was completed with presentation of youth advocacy projects to promote racial harmony, integration and making a stand against racism online.
Check out the photos of Campteen 2012 below and on our Facebook Page!
Lessons from the Racial Riots – A Dialogue with Mr Joe Conceicao and Mr Lionel De Souza
As part of Campteen 2012, around 90 youths got the chance to engage Mr Joe Conceicao and Mr Lionel De Souza in a dialogue on the 1964 racial riots in Singapore. Mr Joe Conceicao, Singapore's ambassador to Russia and Indonesia, and High Commissioner to Australia during his years in public service, shared his personal experiences living through the1964 riots. Mr Lionel De Souza, who was in the police force during that period, brought another unique perspective to the incidents. He also shared his experiences as a police officer during the Maria Hertogh riots in the 1950s and the racial riots in 1969.
The CampTeen participants were deeply engaged in the session and thoroughly enjoyed hearing about the speaker's personal experiences. They conveyed their hopes for continued racial harmony in Singapore.
The participants will embark on visits to cultural and heritage sites and continue with other leadership development activities for the next 2 days in the camp. On the last day, they will also present their Youth Advocacy Projects which they will lead after graduating from CampTeen 2012 as Youth Racial Harmony Ambassadors.
CampTeen: Youth Racial Harmony Ambassadors Programme 2012 aims to enhance and strengthen cross-cultural learning and interaction amongst youth of the various ethnic communities. Targeted at secondary school students, campers will go through a 4D3N residential programme from 6 – 9 Nov 2012. The camp will provide a platform for students to enhance their multicultural appreciation and hone leadership and project management skills. Promising youths identified will subsequently be inducted in the youth group at OnePeople.sg to implement youth-initiated community projects discussed at the Camp. This year’s theme – Love Out Loud (LOL), calls on campers to express their love and respect for all races and nationalities. In essence, we hope to eliminate hate speech and racism both on cyberspace and in real life situations. Students can look forward to an exciting camp with visits to cultural sites and a photo blurb competition via OnePeople.sg’s social media channel. We would like to invite secondary schools to nominate up to 15 multi-racial student leaders/youths and NE reps to participate in this programme. These students will then be advocates for racial harmony in their school and the community at large. Registration will close on 15th October 2012.
Click here to view the programme outline.
To register, please contact Ms Ooi Fang Yu at email@example.com or 6253 3281. Places are limited! Register early to avoid disappointment. Please click on the link to download application forms for schools and organisations here.
CampTeen 2011 – Racial Harmony Youth Ambassadors Camp was held from 15 - 18 Nov this year at MOE Labrador Adventure Center. Over 250 youths from 40 different schools and youth organisations joined the camp this year. CampTeen also saw participation from foreign students studying in local and international schools in Singapore. So in addition to our local students, we were happy to host students from the Philippines, Korea, the Republic of China and Pakistan. The diverse profile of participants certainly add colour to the Camp!
During the Camp, the students had a chance to visit the various places of worship and heritage institutes to learn about Singapore’s multicultural diversity. Campers were also given the chance to challenge themselves to overcome their fears during the rock climbing segment on the third day of the camp. Speakers from different community organisations such as Social Creatives, Ground Up Initiative (GUI) and Maritime Experiential Museum and Aquarium (MEMA) also spoke to campers on possibilities of carrying out community projects with them. Our campers wasted no time in signing up for the projects in their efforts to champion racial harmony.
Last but not least, the campers painted four prominent pillars in OnePeople.sg as a showcase of their artistic expression of Singapore’s harmonious multi-racial society. These pillars, known as “Pillars of Solidarity”, is a testament of our youths’ aspirations to strengthen our social fabric. Not only did campers learnt about other races and religion and honed their leadership and presentation skills, they also had fun making friends and learning more about each other’s culture! OnePeople.sg is indeed proud to announce the debut of over 250 multi-racial youths as OnePeople.sg’s Racial Harmony Ambassadors.”
We also like to thank National Integration Council, Tote Board, Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple and H-TWO-O for their support as OnePeople.sg’s Racial Harmony Ambassadors. Click on the CampTeen 2011 Newsletter to see what the youths say about the camp!