Singapore Soka Association Youth Form Bonds of Friendship in China
From October 9-25, some 16 Singapore Soka Association (SSA) youth members took part in "Project Shine 2011," organized by the Youth Expedition Project, and traveled to China's Shanxi Province, where they spent 17 days with the 800 students of He Di Junior High School in He Di Township.
The Youth Expedition Project is a government initiative spearheaded by Singapore's National Youth Council that aims to nurture socially responsible youth volunteers. Project Shine aims to build bridges of friendship with the people of China while encouraging students to learn English and fulfill their goals.
During their 17-day stay in China, the youth conducted physical education classes and organized a sports festival. They also facilitated English classes which incorporated fun-based learning approaches such as skits and charades.
Hoping to impart a flavor of their culture, the SSA youth dressed in costumes representing the four major ethnic groups in Singapore and performed a medley of Singaporean dances and songs. In the same spirit, the Chinese students also presented a variety of cultural performances.
[Adapted from an article in the November 18, 2011, issue of SSA Times, Singapore Soka Association (SSA); photos courtesy of SSA]