SINGAPORE - Some 360 students from 22 schools took the road less travelled today, traversing the terrain of the railway tracks and journeying across the iconic black cast iron railway bridge at Bukit Timah - all as part of a tour to mark the launch of a walking trail along the Rail Corridor.
Jointly organised by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) and the Singapore History Consultants, The Rail Corridor: Our Journey Together Through the Power of Friendship, is the first known official walking trail along the Rail Corridor.
It has been specially developed for students to encourage greater appreciation and understanding of Singapore's history and heritage.
The 30km journey (with segments on foot and bus) saw students starting out from the Woodlands Waterfront with a view of the railway tracks across the causeway, and ending at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station in the five-hour long event.
Besides exposing students to discussions on national issues, the trail also provides students a glimpse of kampong life to enhance their experiential learning.
Little known facts, such as how the British had originally intended for our rail network to be connected to Europe from Singapore, were also shared to further enrich students' experience.
The Rail Corridor: Our Journey Together Through the Power of Friendship is the last of a series of five Resilience Trails designed and launched by MCCY to engage students beyond the classroom.