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ISID Stresses Common Values, Promote Harmony & Fight Radicalism

    The first Indonesia-Singapore Interfaith & Intercultural Dialogue (ISID) highlights common traits among religions and measures to counter radicalism as well as strengthen relations between Singapore and Indonesia The idea was initiated by the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore as part of the ongoing celebrations between Indonesia and Singapore to commemorate its 50 years of diplomatic ties or RISING 50. Ambassador Ngurah Swajaya welcomed the religious leaders to Singapore on 10th July 2017 at the Indonesian Embassy. The Ambassador expressed the hope that this first Interfaith dialogue exchange will not be the last, and that, “more of such exchanges...

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A Summer of Discovery @ ISS

Spending summer in Singapore? ISS Summer School Discovery 2017 has lined up a series of fun-filled and enriching programmes for students of all ages to explore, discover and learn. ISS Summer School allows kids aged 4-18 years (K1 to G12) to explore the fields of language, arts, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and adventure sports. Each day’s programme has been designed as a learning journey for you to uncover new ideas and experiences. Begin the mornings with Language Discovery and transition to afternoons filled with hands-on experiences in stimulating STEM Discovery, creative Arts (arts, crafts, drama, music) Discovery, and athletic Discovery Adventures.  STEM Discovery Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are brought to life in the STEM Discovery programme. You can live the life of an astronaut by launching a space adventure; build your own robot or laser game; pilot a mini-drone; write code to create the music of the future in Sonic Pi; and travel back in time to the Jurassic world to meet the dinosaurs.          Arts Discovery  In the Arts Discovery programme, you can become a budding artist and hone your skills in music, art or drama. It’s time to play, experiment and discover your hidden talents. Learn about photography and sculpture. Compose your own musical score using Sonic Pi. Become a rock-star, or join in a drama performance to bring the house...

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Culivating Responsibility and a Sense of the Community through CAS

(Above): Telunas 1 project At ISS International School, community service projects are part of the ‘Creativity, Action, Service’ (CAS) requirement in the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme. The underlying philosophy is that education should extend beyond the intellectual to include the development of socially responsible attitudes as well as thoughtful and appropriate actions. In addition to the ‘Rainbow Chair-ity’ project (see story below), a number of other community organisations have benefitted from the school’s CAS projects. ISS International School students have built a basketball court for an orphanage in Indonesia, constructed boats for children to go to school in the Philippines and taught drama skills to children in Cambodia. They have also provided tuition for domestic workers and worked with animal welfare groups locally. Students have also performed for elderly and ill patients at various local hospitals, to bring joy and laughter, thus combining both the creativity and service aspects of CAS. Starting with supporting local causes, students have taken their CAS commitments global and have participated in projects where they can demonstrate how young people can make a difference and help address world concerns. From a young age, at elementary school, students are already immersed in a wide variety of meaningful projects designed to help them meet their IB learning objectives, while developing their social and civic conscience. By high school, their personal and interpersonal growth through service learning...

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Claire Chiang: Never Give Up in the Journey of Life

The award-winning entrepeneur, social activist and author was interviewed by IndoConnect’s Editor in Chief, Mrs Nomita Dhar, digging deep into her personal history and family ties, to reveal the pivotal role they play in one’s learning curve as an adult, in a world fraught with challenges The lessons she learned as a child, from her mother and grandmother, living in a two-roomed flat in the multi-ethnic quarter of Race Course in the Singapore of old, have moulded the life of one of island nation’s most successful female business entrepreneurs, Claire Chiang the co-founder of Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts. If anything the story of Claire today is a beacon of hope for women across the world who feel mired by their circumstances—not only by those who put up walls around them…blinkered parents, husbands, families…organizations— but even themselves. Raised by two strongly protective, courageous women, who beat the odds to make a life for those in their charge, Claire wants women to break the walls and get out there —not just for themselves but for generations of young girls who will be born of their line and will carry on the legacy of individuality, independence and empowered responsibility of their own lives and those around them. Childhood Landscape It is from her mother that Claire Chaing, as a Tomboy in a family of five elder brothers and five boy cousins,...

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IBU Power Conference 2017 – Globalising Kartini

IBU Kartini’s POWER Transcends Borders Contemporary issues facing women are discussed at the IBU POWER Women’s Conference by influential Indonesian, regional and international speakers The year 2017 is a hallmark year as Indonesia and Singapore celebrate RISING 50 to commemorate half a century of diplomatic ties, and Sun Media Pte Ltd, publishers of IndoConnect Magazine, marked this auspicious occasion by organising the well-attended IBU POWER Women’s Conference. The conference — based on the theme of ‘women working together to inspire and empower each other’, not only emphasised regional collaborations, but also celebrated the life of a hero from the Asian region – none other than a woman of exceptional vision in her times—Raden Adjeng Kartini – more popularly known as Ibu Kartini amongst her fellow Indonesians. The conference, held on Kartini’s birthday, 21st April, highlighted the inspiration she provided to the women’s emancipation and empowerment movement throughout the Indonesian archipelago; it also paid homage to the relevance of that movement to women today. The event presented 16 accomplished panelists, moderators, and speakers, not just from Indonesia and Singapore alone, but from several other countries as well. These speakers, drawn from the varied disciplines of medicine, wellness, diplomacy, social service and also from the corporate world, came together and spoke about the different ways of understanding women’s issues, their strengths and the challenges they faced in their world. The event...

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