Updated: 07/21/2014 20:05

All P4 students to receive Orange Ribbon kit to promote racial harmony

All P4 students to receive Orange Ribbon kit to promote racial harmony

All Primary 4 students will receive an Orange Ribbon kit, for them to promote racial harmony by making and giving away orange ribbons. 

This was announced by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat at Elias Park Primary's Racial Harmony Day celebrations this morning. 

The orange ribbon has been adopted by OnePeople.sg as a symbol of racial harmony. 

The kit contains materials for students to make 6 orange ribbons. 

Each student will wear one of the ribbons, and give away the others to those from a different ethnic group, along with a personal note encouraging the recipient of the ribbon to wear it, and talk to someone from a different race to find out more about their culture and practices. 

Mr Heng says Singapore has much to celebrate about the state of harmony here but there are "areas that we need to work on". 

He was referring to the recent study on Indicators of Racial and Religious Harmony by the Institute of Policy Studies and OnePeople.sg. 

The study showed that Singapore can do more in building "interest in intercultural understanding and interaction". 

Mr Heng says Singaporeans will need to continue building strong bonds to meet the challenges of the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous global environment
And it's important to go beyond understanding the "main races". 

He says all people regardless of race, language or religion, who live and work in Singapore must be respected for the happiness, prosperity and progress of Singapore. 

Schools commemorate Racial Harmony Day on 21 July every year, the anniversary of the 1964 racial riots. 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the riots.

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