Thinking Minds, Creating Worlds
SG50 was an opportunity for us to reflect and celebrate our progress in education over the last 50 years. In this essay writing competition, Singaporean students between 10 and 18 could answer one of five essay questions pertaining to the past and present of Singapore. 50 of the best essay submissions were then handed over to a panel of Singaporean academics — experts in linguistics, education and literature — who analysed their writing and provided insight into the trends of our students’ thinking processes.
These collection of essays — both the students’ and academics’ — were published into book and distributed nationwide. SG50’s generous sponsorship allowed for every school to receive copies of the final publication in commemoration of this significant event.
This unique opportunity allowed this project to act as a snapshot of young Singaporean thinkers, fifty years into our nation’s education system. It provided a nuanced perspective of what our form of education has been able to accomplish and gives us an indication of how we can aspire to move forward in the future.