29 Nov '11, 7am

Lee Kuan Yew launches fund, book to encourage bilingualism #Singapore

Former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew launched on Monday a fund to help kids learn more than one language early on. He also released “My Lifelong Challenge: Singapre’s Bilingual Journey”, which tells of the former Prime Minister’s lifelong goal to revamp Singaporeans’ spoken languages from a variety dialects to English and a mother tongue, reported The Straits Times (ST). Expressing hope that the Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism would exceed S$100 million, Lee personally donated S$10 million, in addition to the proceeds that would be collected from the sale of 200 autographed copies of the book, selling for at least S$10,000 each. Education Minister Heng Swee Keat announced that the government would match donations dollar for dollar, up to a maximum of S$50 million, and that the ministry will be looking at the best ways to use the money to help develop bilingualism in pre-...

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