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Rural Southeast Asian villagers to send students to S’pore for Overseas Community Service experience

Posted on 30 May 2014

This is to allow rural people to experience soulless urbanised living.

By David Tan

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Photo stolen from here

Rural communities across Southeast Asia have announced a joint scheme to send their students on community service trips to Singapore.

This is to allow the villager students to experience the hardships of life in a modern soulless city, as such field trips would allow them to better appreciate the pace of life back home in a self-sustaining rural village that is focused on the right things in life.

One village elder from Thailand, Sakhorn Nivisahakatutunapornvidapusee said: “Instead of the beautiful night sky and the cool evening breeze, students will be able to experience firsthand the detrimental effects of light pollution and the urban heat island effect in Singapore.”

He added: “Roughing it out in the concrete jungle and seeing for themselves the congestion on the MRT trains will help students better appreciate the benefits of rural living and the more caring environment in their own less-developed homes.”

Participating students who visit Singapore will also be involved in a variety of projects.

One of which is aimed at developing their sense of empathy, whereby they help their fellow Singaporean students with their homework, bring them for ballet, piano and arithmetic classes every weekend, and the other is to set up mobile clinics to combat the alarming spread of affluenza in Singapore.

This announcement comes in the wake of a plan proposed by Member of Parliament for Jurong GRC Ang Wei Neng, who suggested that Singaporean students be made to go on mandatory community service stints in rural Southeast Asia.


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