Kids get chance to share views at inaugural forum

Kids get chance to share views at inaugural forum
Are kids here getting enough play time? The answer will come from those who know best - children - at an inaugural forum for them next month, part of a move by the Children's Society to reach out to more kids.

SINGAPORE - Do kids get enough play time? Is school too stressful? How do they want to spend weekends?

These are several of the questions which an Our Singapore Conversation-style forum next month are expected to ask. But the answers will come from those who know best - children.

Organised by the Singapore Children's Society, the inaugural forum, which will be an annual event, will see 100 primary school pupils taking part. The dialogue is part of a move by the society to reach out to more children.

Said chairman Koh Choon Hui: "Children always want adults to listen to them more and after the forum we hope to provide feedback to the relevant authorities."

Added the society's executive director Alfred Tan: "Children don't bluff, they won't patronise you. We want them to say what they want to say."

The forum - which is the first of its kind here, according to the society - will be moderated by five adult panellists drawn from the society's volunteers and stakeholders, such as teachers and social work professionals.

"The children will be guided by trained facilitators, so it's not a concern that they may not be mature enough," explained Mr Tan. "The facilitators will make sure views are put in perspective."

The event also hopes to raise awareness about the work done by the Children's Society, which was set up in 1952.

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