28 Nov '11, 11am

$100m fund for pre-schoolers to learn mother tongue

$100m fund for pre-schoolers to learn mother tongue

Titled My Lifelong Challenge: Singapore's Bilingual Journey, the new book documents Mr Lee's 50-year struggle to transform Singapore from a polyglot former British colony into a united nation where everyone could speak both English and his or her own mother tongue. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS By Elgin Toh To promote bilingualism among young Singaporeans, former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew has set up a fund that he hopes will eventually reach over $100 million. To be administered by the Ministry of Education, the Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism will be used to spearhead initiatives that teach children their mother tongue and English, especially in their pre-school years. 'However difficult to learn the mother tongue, especially Chinese (together with) English, if children start early enough from Kindergarten 1 or even nursery, by primary six, they will be bilingua...

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