Friday Activities

Attendees: Please review the information on the options for Friday activities. Please be aware, due to size restrictions for some tours or speakers, we cannot guarantee placement into your first choice.

Please fill out the Student Interest Survey at the bottom of this page.

Coast clean up: Pasir Ris Park OR Changi Beach Point 

(http://coastalcleanup.nus.edu.sg/zones.html)

Participants will clean a designated area of the coastline, identify and classify different types of waste collected, and investigate the causes of such waste production.  Based on the information they have collected, they will brainstorm and suggest ways on how to recycle or reduce waste.

Food from the Heart

(http://www.foodheart.org)

Through a food distribution program, we aim to reach out to the less fortunate and brighten their days.  We bring joy by giving out toys and celebrating birthdays.  Those participating on this Friday event will listen to a brief talk about the organization and will take part in the “Goodie Bag” program by packing goodie bag for their beneficiaries.

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

(https://www.sbwr.org.sg)

Listed as an ASEAN Heritage Park in 2003, this reserve is a stopover point for migratory birds.  In the process of showing the different aspects of the reserve, the facilitator will be drawing ideas from GIN participants about various issues: climate change, biodiversity, fisheries depletion, deforestation, water deficiency, maritime safety and pollution, etc.

ENVision Gallery

(www.envision.sg)

Participants will tour this gallery that showcases Singapore’s environmental story.  This multi-sensory experience will take you to a journey through the five different zones covering key environmental topics – air, land, water, energy and public health.  The in-house facilitators will share some of the environmental policies and measures in place for Singapore, a country with minimal natural resources, and how they address their environmental sustainability challenges.  They will also share some tips on resource conservation.

St. John’s Home

(http://www.stjohneldershome.org.sg/home-page)

St. John’s Home is a shelter for the destitute.  There will be a short presentation and tour of the home, students will interact with the residents over lunch, do some performances relating to their country or play games with the people who reside in the home.

Dignity Kitchen

(http://dignitykitchen.sg/home)

They are a food court management school with a focus on training the disabled and disadvantaged to be food stall operators.  There will be a brief talk about the organization and then students will interact with the members of this community over lunch and play games that aim to understand the challenges of the disabled / disadvantaged.

Lantern Activity

(http://www.passionarts.sg)

Participants will work with local community residents to create fanciful lanterns and costuming for the first annual Boon Keng Lantern Parade in celebration of Singapore’s 50th Birthday! Participants will create bright and colourful lanterns to wear or carry in the parade that will take place in mid-May. Students from Stamford American International School will be helping to lead these creative workshops.

Transient Workers Count Too

(http://twc2.org.sg)

The over one million low-wage migrant workers in Singapore make up about 20 percent of the total population of the country.  They are mostly employed in construction, shipyards, sanitation services, manufacturing and domestic work.  Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) is dedicated to assisting these low-wage migrant workers when they are in difficulty. Migrant workers on Work Permits contribute immensely to Singapore society and our economy, yet they often suffer unconscionable exploitation. There will be a presentation about their organization, a role play and Q&A for 20 minutes and then interaction with transient workers.

ACRES

(http://www.acres.org.sg)

ACRES is an animal protection organization. They educate the public about animal protection issues and promote community involvement in the movement and partnerships with authorities and related parties. Participants of this activity will tour ACRES (wildlife sanctuary of rescued animals, outdoor classroom of native animals) and have time for discussions and Q&A.

Marina Barrage

(http://www.pub.gov.sg/Marina/Pages/default.aspx)

A self guided tour of the marina barrages, sustainable Singapore gallery, the “Green Roof” and marina reservoir. The tour will showcase flood control, working of dams, rainwater management, energy efficiency, waste incineration, land reclamation and the socio economic impact of these on Singapore.

Quan Fa Organic Farm

(http://quanfaorganic.com.sg)

Students participate in a guided tour about organic farming and community work at the farm.  Quan Fa farms subscribe to ecological agrarian methods of farming, abstaining from the use of pesticides and harmful fertilizers, to produce only the freshest food crops that are fresh, nutritious and healthy.

Tour of the Spice Garden

(https://www.nparks.gov.sg/gardens-parks-and-nature/parks-and-nature-reserves/fort-canning-park)

Fort canning is an interesting example set by Singapore to stay “green.” It is also a massive reservoir (one of the 17 reservoirs in Singapore) and we would cover the reclaiming of water (desalination) and how Singapore works to be self-contained in terms of water.

 ABC Waters Learning Trail @ Sengkang Floating Wetland

(http://abcwaterslearningtrails.sg)

Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) Learning Trails is an experiential outdoor learning program, that encourages participants to explore, discover and learn at each ABC Waters site, capturing their imagination as they learn about the Singapore Water Story.

Yellow Ribbon Foundation

(www.yellowribbon.org.sg)

This organization aims to encourage the people of Singapore to give ex-offenders a second chance at life, and support their families.  Representatives of Yellow Ribbon will share their success stories and how rehabilitation of ex-inmates contributes to improvement in human rights to a sense of shared responsibility within the community.

Hydroponics

(http://www.singaporehydroponics.com)

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil.  Hydroponics allows larger volume of plants to grow in areas where soil is scarce.  Since the plants can be grown indoors, the use of pesticides is not necessary, and climate control makes it possible for a wide variety of crops from various biomes to be grown anywhere on earth.  Terrestrial plants may be grown with their roots in the mineral nutrient solution only, or in an inert medium, such as perlite or gravel.

Dr. Rehman will give a demonstration of hydroponics using recyclable materials, as well as talk about sustainable living.  This is a very good opportunity to understand how we can be more self-sufficient while also protecting the environment.

Student Leadership Workshop 

(http://jumpfoundation.org)

In cooperation with the JUMP! Foundation and their team of expert facilitators, this workshop is for students who are looking to develop their leadership skills and build community. We will travel off campus from 10: 30 – 12:30 to work on facilitating groups of your peers.  During this workshop you will get hands–on training to facilitate a large group activity later in the conference on the Stamford Field at 4:30 – 7:00 you and the JUMP! Facilitators will work with a group to build community right here in the conference!