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Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Mr Lawrence Wong, encouraged young Singaporeans to tap on government funding schemes available for initiatives that help to promote integration.
SINGAPORE: Young Singaporeans have an important role to play in promoting integration efforts in the country.
Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Mr Lawrence Wong, encouraged them to tap on government funding schemes available for initiatives that help to promote integration.
Mr Wong was speaking at a forum on Saturday to some 300 youths from junior colleges, ITEs, polytechnics, and universities across Singapore.
The 300 youths also comprise new residents and citizens from other countries such as the People's Republic of China, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Myanmar.
The forum is part of the National Youth Achievement Award Gold Award Holders' Alumni Integration Project.
Some of the available schemes include the Harmony Fund, Community Integration Fund and National Youth Fund.
Mr Wong said that, as part of a globalised world, there will continue to be foreigners and immigrants among Singaporeans.
He emphasised the need to integrate them and to help them understand Singaporean norms and ethos.
He encouraged young Singaporeans to think of ways to promote integration, for example by sharing their positive stories of foreigners in Singapore online.
Mr Wong said: "The government will provide the funding, scheme and the resources and they are there. There are many bottom-up, ground-up support initiatives that you can apply to.
"You may have your own ideas and I want to encourage you to pursue your own ideas, in your own student council, in your own group of friends, in your own neighbourhood. If you have ideas that will help with our integration efforts, then put up the ideas, apply for funding and the funds will be there to support you."