22 Oct '11, 1pm

Make philanthropy and volunteerism part of DNA: Heng Swee Keat

Make philanthropy and volunteerism part of DNA: Heng Swee Keat

SINGAPORE: Education Minister Heng Swee Keat has urged Singaporeans to make philanthropy and volunteerism part of their DNA. That's one way, he said, to build a cohesive society. Mr Heng was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a bursary distribution ceremony organised by the Singapore Buddhist Lodge on Saturday. Elaborating on his maiden speech in Parliament earlier this week, Mr Heng noted that his ministry's emphasis on character education is all about ensuring a resilient Singapore. He said that's because as a small nation in an increasingly volatile world, it is the character of a society and the shared values among the community that will underscore Singapore's success. The Education Minister said: "It's also very important for us in valuing the collective that people should contribute to other's success. We should have a mentality of abundance so that those who...

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