In the Spotlight
Aim for 4G leaders: Equalise vocational, academic pathways
(The Straits Times)
By Dr Gillian Koh
While education in Singapore has always been a great leveller of socioeconomic status, “schools are at risk of becoming part of the unequal system,” observes IPS Deputy Director Dr Gillian Koh. She offers ideas on how we could mitigate the gap between academic and vocational education pathways, and argues that the 4G leaders can reshape Singapore's social and educational landscape, if they can craft a consensus around a vision of an egalitarian and progressive Singapore.
Building resilient communities in the age of disinformation (The Business Times)
By Dr Carol Soon
While the themes and content of the disinformation seen in Southeast Asia may be diverse, the challenges posed to our societies and governments are similar. A sustainable strategic framework to combat disinformation can start with the question – what do various member states aspire to achieve for their society and the wider ASEAN community?
In upholding harmony, communities' responses, not just laws, matter (Channel NewsAsia)
By Dr Mathew Mathews and Mr Leonard Lim
The Government’s range of legislative instruments, such as the Maintenance of Religious Harmony Act, have been observed to help maintain social harmony. But in recent events, religious communities have come forward and participated in a public display of conflict resolution. What does this mean for multiculturalism in Singapore?
Shaping the future of Singapore’s heartlands (TODAY)
By Dr Cheong Koon Hean
Amidst Singapore’s demographic changes, the threat of climate change, and trends such as Singaporeans increasingly working from home and the rise of e-commerce, how can urban planning and public housing evolve to better meet the needs of residents? Dr Cheong Koon Hean tackles these questions in her lecture on the future of Singapore’s heartlands.
IPS-CSU Workshop on the Reintegration of Ex-offenders in Singapore
Given the changing profile of drug offenders—younger, and more educated—how can Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) in Singapore’s aftercare sector engage their clients and the larger community, whilst operating within Singapore’s zero tolerance approach to drugs? The IPS-CSU workshop presented a case study on the Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association on this challenge.
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