His life holds many lessons for students

His life holds many lessons for students

As we remember our founding father Mr Lee Kuan Yew, all schools, from kindergartens to universities, should spare some time to play video clips showing how Singapore became what it is today.

These can include the tearful scene of Mr Lee at Singapore's separation from Malaysia and some of his exemplary speeches.

I hope the Education Ministry will consider making it compulsory for our primary and secondary school students to study how our founding father built this nation and about some of his achievements.

Schools can also consider letting their students do a project on Mr Lee this year so that they can learn and understand the challenges faced by our country when it became independent 50 years ago.

Students can also be assigned to read at least one book written by Mr Lee and to write a report on it during their holidays.

When the younger generations understand how hard it was to transform Singapore from a Third World to a First World country, they will cherish more of what we have today.

And when they cherish the legacy that Mr Lee left us, they will be able to sustain and carry forward his ideas.

The National Heritage Board can also consider bringing out Mr Lee's speeches as DVDs.

And Singapore Post should consider producing a series of stamps featuring his achievements.

These can serve as keepsakes that will help us preserve his memory.

From reader Eunice Li Dan Yue

This article was first published on March 30, 2015.
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