PRESS RELEASE
14 Oct 2014

World Learner Collaborates with nEbO, junior membership arm of NTUC

Joint Media Release with Best World International Limited 

13 October 2014

The World Learner Student Exchange Scholarship (WLSES) was inaugurated by Minister Lim Swee Say in 2010, as a continuation of the Sichuan Earthquake Charity Show (SECS) which successfully raised over S$10m from caring Singaporeans. The proceeds were used to rebuild seven Sino-Singapore Friendship Schools and Project Hope* Primary Schools destroyed in the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake.

 

Best World Lifestyle (BWL), a subsidiary of SGX mainboard-listed Best World International Limited (Best World), has been championing the World Learner’s program as its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative since its inauguration.

 

Over the last five years, WLSES had awarded 151 exchange scholarships. The number of beneficiary schools has also increased from 18 to 19 as compared to last year; among which are 7 Sino-Singapore Friendship Schools and 12 Project Hope Primary Schools in Sichuan. This year saw the highest number of scholarship recipients as compared to previous years.

 

On 6 October 2014, 32 exchange scholars from Sichuan arrived in Singapore for a 9-day learning journey. nEbO, the youth membership arm of NTUC Club, is holding a 3-day camp for them from 10 to 13 October. In the camp, the exchange students and nEbO youths will enjoy team bonding activities, which showcases nEbO’s Care community. They will also visit places of interest such as the NeWater Visitor Centre and Wild Wild Wet. This new collaboration with one of Singapore’s largest youth community aims to strengthen bilateral understanding, raise environmental awareness, and provide a platform for all participants to gain more exposure to social community works. In addition to the camp, the exchange students will have learning immersions in Peichun Public School and Nanyang Primary School.


In the “Students Learning Report Dinner” scheduled on 13th October in Downtown East, Guest-of-Honour Minister Lim Swee Say, who first initiated the World Learner program, shall meet the students and nEbO youth ambassadors together with Mr. Yeo Guat Kwang, Assistant Secretary-General of NTUC.

 

Dr. Dora Hoan, Group CEO of Best World shares, “Having being able to bring together Sichuan and Singapore students year after year, we’ve always wanted more young people to be involved in this meaningful exchange of culture and education. Our collaboration with nEbO means we are able to share this wonderful experience with our youth ambassadors. I’m sure this experience will be a profound and unforgettable one for all the students involved and our youths as well!”

 

Like in previous years, the Ambassador of China to Singapore, Mr. Duan Jielong, shall also be hosting the students for a welcome dinner in the Chinese Embassy on 10th October 2013.

 

*Project Hope 希望工程 is a Chinese public service project organized by the China Youth Development Foundation (CYDF) and the Communist Youth League (CYL) Central Committee. Founded in 1989, Project Hope aims to build more schools in poverty-stricken rural areas of China and to help fund elementary school education in poor families. Through Project Hope, the CYDF has also sought to improve educational facilities and improve teaching quality in poorer regions.

 

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