New scheme to recognise racial and religious harmony efforts

New scheme to recognise racial and religious harmony efforts
Mr Lawrence Wong presenting the IRCC Service Award to Cpt (retired) Mr Shamsudin Shadan at the National IRCC Workshop held at Marina Mandarin Singapore on Sept 28.

SINGAPORE - A new scheme has been introduced to recognise the efforts of the Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circles (IRCCs) in promoting racial and religious harmony in Singapore.

It was announced by Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong at the National IRCC Workshop held this morning.

He said in his speech that the new scheme seeks to recognise dedicated individuals, supportive religious organisations and successful IRCC projects that have contributed significantly to the objectives of the IRCCs.

Mr Wong also shared on the self-appraisal system that was introduced to help the IRCCs map out their strategies for wider and deeper engagement, encourage continuous learning and improvement and to identify areas for improvements.

Recognising the importance of reaching out to youths, Mr Wong also urged IRCC members to step up their efforts in getting young people involved in fostering racial and religious harmony.

"We should focus on widening and deepening our outreach to youth, and brainstorm how we can encourage them to be more engaged. Eventually, I would like to see some youth in every IRCC, and I also hope that you will give these younger members the opportunity to spearhead initiatives," said Mr Wong.

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