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Get inspired by children who say “I CAN” change the world

Be The Change Exposition showcases ideas from schoolchildren all over Singapore

SINGAPORE, Nov. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — The Design for Change School Challenge 2011, organised by SoCh in Action, will be showcasing student projects at the “Be The Change” Exposition 2011 at the*SCAPE Sky Terrace on 12th November 2011 from 9.30am to 1pm. Students aged 9-14 years, from 80 teams across 30 schools in Singapore, will be presenting their initiatives to change the world.

Design for Change (DFC) is a design-based school challenge, which gives young people opportunities to express their own ideas for a better future.  The challenge started in India and is now the world’s largest movement of social change by children. It reaches to more than 30,000 schools across 35 countries and recently won the Danish INDEX: Design to Improve Life Award 2011, the world’s biggest design prize.

The exposition, which is open to the public, aims to promote children’s awareness & involvement in various social & environmental issues. This year’s theme of “If Your Food Could Talk” hopes to shed some light on issues such as food preparation, procurement, security, and nutrition. There will be workshops, games, and exhibits displayed alongside the student projects to facilitate this learning.

Be The Change Exposition 2011 is sponsored by Microsoft Singapore and supported by the Central Singapore Community Development Council’s Mayor’s Imagine Fund.

“Central Singapore CDC is happy to support initiatives like the ‘Be The Change Exposition’ through our Mayor’s Imagine Fund,” said Mr Mark Tan, General Manager of Central Singapore CDC. “Through the Mayor’s Imagine Fund, we hope to promote a greater sense of active citizenry among younger Singaporeans, so as to encourage them to take more ownership of our community.”

“We look forward to supporting the Design for Change programme in its sophomore year,” says Verdayne Nunis, Microsoft Central Marketing & Public Relations Group Manager.  “The program is in line with Microsoft’s global effort to encourage our employees, customers, partners and the community at large, to think ahead, and be what’s next.  Students are the future leaders of society and business, and we are pleased to partner with inspirational organisations such as SoCh in Action to inspire the next generation to think out of the box.”

Microsoft Singapore will also be presenting a special award to the team with the most creative presentation using Microsoft software applications, aptly titled the ‘Tools for Change Award’. This as well as the winners of the DFC Singapore Challenge will be announced at the end of the Be The Change Exposition 2011.

Winners are selected by a local panel of judges from Singapore Children’s Society, IDEO, Ashoka Singapore, National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre, United Nations Association of Singapore, Microsoft and the Ministry of Education.

About SoCh in Action

SoCh in Action designs and implements various programs and events for the community to be involved in the social change process. Its belief is that anyone can be a change-maker — through new thoughts, simple beliefs and small actions. For partnership opportunities write to Madhu Verma at madhu@SoChinAction.com.  For more details visit www.SoChinAction.com

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

About Central Singapore Community Development Council’s Mayor Imagine Fund

Central Singapore CDC’s Mayor’s Imagine Fund was launched in 2002 to promote active citizenry among residents and enable community partners to undertake community-related initiatives and projects benefiting residents of Central Singapore District.

Funding for projects is available up to 80 per cent of the total project cost or maximum of S$5,000 for projects that benefit residents of Central Singapore District.

Press Contacts:

Donna Garcia / John Tan
Rice Communications for Design For Change Singapore
Tel.: +65-6221-8045 / +65-6221-8729
Email: donna.garcia@ricecomms.com / john.tan@ricecomms.com

 

SOURCE Design For Change Singapore

Written by asiafreshnews

November 11, 2011 at 5:37 pm

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