Some 13,500 youths from diverse social backgrounds, faiths and ethnic groups came together and pledged to be the transformative source of hope in society over the weekend of 25 and 26 August 2018.
Their key objective — to co-create a harmonious and resilient society as the future generation of Singapore who will embody the Singapore spirit of never giving up, and to shape the country’s future together as one people.
Held at Our Tampines Hub, the Youth Summit event organised by the Youth Division of the Singapore Soka Association saw Senior Minister of State (SMS) for Culture, Community and Youth & Communications and Information, Ms Sim Ann, as Guest of Honour on the evening of 26 August. Among the guests present were His Excellency Mr Nimal Weeraratne, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, Ms Thitiporn Chirasawadi, Minister Counsellor of Royal Thai Embassy, leaders from the local interfaith, civic community and grassroots organisations. Some 90 youths from neighbouring regional countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand, also participated in this event.
The Youth Summit is a culmination of many activities that the Singapore Soka Association Youth Division has been planning with the community since March this year. Some of these activities include dialogues with youth on issues of concern to them, and community projects for the elderly. There have also been dialogues with youth from vulnerable backgrounds, as well as learning journeys on appreciating cultures and practices of various faith and ethnic groups as part of the SGCares’ initiatives.