This is the theme for 2012 Racial Harmony Day
The theme seeks to bring together the future aspirations of our nation and the recollections of past moments of joy that we share with our friends from all races.
These aspects reflect our shared history and common destiny upon which our sense of identity as Singaporeans is built.
People : Given Singapore’s rapid rate of progress and the increasing spectrum of global opportunities, it is even more important for Singaporeans to believe in a joint vision of our destiny as a people. This vision of a common destiny will unite us against new fissures and pressure points, and allow us to reminisce with our friends, years from now.
Places : The spaces and places become repositories of shared memories that form a rich tapestry of our heritage.
Memories : The shared recollection of our multicultural heritage of different cultural landmarks, spaces and traditions forms the multiracial and multicultural fabric of our society.
These different facets of our multiracial history and multicultural heritage collectively govern the consciousness of the ‘Singaporean Identity’ and entrench our sense of rootedness to this little island that we proudly call home.
Watch the following video: people.places.memories
a) Students to work in groups of 2 or 3 and answer the following questions on the google site:
1. How would you describe the relationship between the characters in the video? [Inferences]
2. What draws the people you see in the video together? [Inferences & Evidence/Data/Information]
3.What values and attitudes bind them together?
4. How did the characters show respect and empathy for others? (a) How do such values and attitudes enrich our life experiences? [Point of View]
(b) What is the importance of such values and attitudes to our society? [Point of View]
5. What could you do to foster strong bonds between people of different backgrounds within your class / school? (Invite responses from students on how they bridge differences in the various class / school activities. i.e. service learning, CIP, CCA, interclass competition, etc)
6. What small changes would you like to initiate in your neighbourhood to promote interaction and understanding between people, regardless of race, language or religion?
b) Finally please complete the racial harmony quiz: link
Please complete a) and b) by the end of the day.