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Government appoints board to oversee LKY Fund for Bilingualism

The government has appointed a 16-member board to administer the Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism and spearhead initiatives to support the teaching and learning of English and Mother Tongue Languages.

Government appoints board to oversee LKY Fund for Bilingualism

Mr Lee Kuan Yew at the launch of his new book, "My Lifelong Challenge: Singapore's Bilingual Journey"

SINGAPORE: The government has appointed a 16-member board to administer the Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism and spearhead initiatives to support the teaching and learning of English and Mother Tongue Languages, especially at the pre-school level.

Chaired by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat, the fund has received S$113 million in pledges -- including S$50 million from the government's matching grant -- since its announcement in November 2011 at the launch of Mr Lee's book, "My Lifelong Challenge: Singapore's Bilingual Journey".

The board members comprise community representatives, academics, experienced practitioners, media representatives and public service officers.

"Language is nurtured through day-to-day communication with parents at home, and exposure to educational media programmes," Mr Heng said.

"We will thus leverage on the various programmes and initiatives currently organised by the various mother tongue language promotion committees and multiply the impact of these existing efforts."

To support the work of the fund, there will be four sub-committees to oversee the areas of research, evaluation of proposals, investment of funds, and publicity and outreach.

The Bicultural Taskforce, which aims to engage the Chinese community in nurturing the next generation of bi-cultural talent and community leaders, welcomes and supports the formation of the board for the Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism.

Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education Sim Ann, who heads the Bicultural Taskforce, said, "We plan to submit suggestions gathered from our outreach activities, particularly those related to bilingual learning amongst pre-schoolers, to the Fund for evaluation and financial support."

Source: CNA/wm

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