Camp Ignite! 2019: Crystalline
Camp Ignite! is driven by OPSG’s Youth Advocates with the aim of inspiring cross-cultural education and youth advocacy. With the theme ‘Crystalline’ serving as an inspiration, Camp Ignite! 2019 took place from 6th to 8th June with a total of 94 participants from 15 schools, mostly in the 13 –15 age group. 15 volunteers supported the engagement.
The Youth Advocates took charge of major roles ranging from programme conceptualisation to coordination and execution. They were also trained as facilitators, as part of developing their leadership skills. Several new activities were implemented during the camp to bring forth positive changes in perceptions towards inter-ethnic relationships. One such activity carried out was a facilitated discussion on racial and religious stereotypes. Helmed by our Explorations-in-Ethnicity (EiE) Facilitators, participants had a sit-down session where they challenged various stereotypes that they have heard about different ethnic communities.
Participants also enhanced their understanding of different religions as they embarked on a narrative- driven learning journey to Gurdwara Sahib Silat Road, the Catholic Centre, Cathedral of the Good Shepherd and Nagore Dargah Indian Muslim Heritage Centre.
Participants brainstormed on youth advocacy initiatives they could initiate in their schools. They also had a fun time making new friends from diverse cultures.
“Camp Ignite! 2019 has helped me to understand deeper about other cultures and has proven that some stereotypes are wrong and I get to interact closer with people of other races.” – Khin Su Han, 16, Boon Lay Secondary School
“The visits to places of worship were very interesting and I enjoyed learning about other faiths.” – Thashvinaa, 14, Woodlands Secondary School
“I have learnt to be more open-minded and not be judgemental.” – Kelly Ong, 14, Bowen Secondary School