SINGAPORE: A dialogue session was held on Saturday afternoon as part of the ’Our Singapore Conversation’ where participants touched on issues pertaining to volunteerism, education and greater government support for Voluntary Welfare Organisations.
One of the questions raised was — does rewarding Community Involvement Programme points to students encourage them to continue volunteering after they leave school.
Minister of State for Trade & Industry Teo Ser Luck, who is also North East District Mayor, said: "I think some of the participants raised that students after graduating from school no longer continue to volunteer and it’s important to them from the beginning — the real value of volunteerism and that they are really doing it because they felt for it.
"This may mean fewer volunteers but it is a real situation and I think the participants felt that it is better to be factual and know the reality than to use point system to push them or encourage them to do certain things and where it is not sustained after they left school."
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