Thursday, 28 September 2017

More young Singaporeans signing up for dialect classes

In 2015, some 12 per cent of Singaporeans said they spoke mainly Chinese dialects at home. That’s down from 14.3 per cent in 2010, and 18.2 per cent in 2005, according to the General Household Survey.

But more and more, younger Singaporeans are going back to school to learn their grandparents’ tongues – in large part, to bridge that linguistic gap between the generations.

Catering to them are groups like Viriya Community Services, which started free Learn My Dialect classes in 2007 to build awareness and promote intergenerational bonding.

Classes were once conducted every three months – these days, it is more like three times a week, at the request of clients who include schools, community centres, groups and hospitals keen on training their nurses.

"We see a growing interest from those in the medical field and those doing community outreach programmes, because they deal mainly with the elderly who understand only dialect," said Michelle Cheng, 33, Viriya’s senior programme executive.

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Faith groups, members of the public raise over S$200,000 for refugees fleeing to Bangladesh

Members of the public have raised at least S$208,000 for refugees who have had to flee their homes in Myanmar's Rakhine state to Bangladesh for their safety.

In a media release, the Rahmatan Lil Alamin (Blessings to All) Foundation (RLAF) said it began raising funds on Sep 9 in collaboration with 70 mosques across Singapore. It added that contributions from 32 mosques are still being tallied.

In addition, four other organisations - the Singapore Buddhist Federation, Spiritual Assembly of Baha'is Singapore, Madrasah Aljunied Al-Islamiah and the Muslim Converts Association of Singapore - have collectively raised about S$59,000 and handed it to RLAF as well.

The total amount collected will be handed over to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) where it will be spent on relief items as well as the refugees' psycho-social and health needs, RLAF added.

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