Who Knew? Singapore’s Racial Harmony Day

24 Apr

While looking for songs on racial harmony on Youtube, I came across a song sung by a group of young girls from Singapore.  The song, All for One, (lyrics re-written from the High School Musical tune of the same name) is a squeaky clean, eternally hopeful ditty that makes a plea for racial harmony between all the races in Singapore.

In fact, it seems that July 21st is designated as National Racial Harmony Day.  Here is the information I gathered from the site, www.ne.edu.sg

Schools commemorate Racial Harmony Day on 21st July. On this day in 1964, Singapore saw racial riots. Racial Harmony Day serves to remind our pupils that social division costs us dearly and that race and religion are potential fault-lines in Singapore society. It is a day for schools to reflect on, and celebrate our success as a harmonious nation and society built on a rich diversity of cultures and heritages.

Here is an example of what elementary school students do to commemorate the day:

Learning Points for Primary Schools

Students should learn to make friends with people of other races and religions and not make fun of people who are different. Students should also learn that in Singapore, people are treated equally regardless of their race and religion and they should also do the same. Students should appreciate the different cultures that make up Singapore.

 

What would an American Racial Harmony Day look like?  Would one National Day Event really work to promote and sustain racial harmony?  I’m not sure, but the food looked really good at Singapore’s Racial  Harmony Day!  Tell me here, what would you be sure to include in an American version of Racial Harmony Day?

2 Responses to “Who Knew? Singapore’s Racial Harmony Day”

  1. Kym April 24, 2012 at 7:46 am #

    It would be nice to have a Harmony day, for people of all ages. They say your never to old to learn……….I would love to know more, to see things hands on, to try new things. Wish I was there, to dance, to eat, to enjoy and take myself outside my box!

    • Wendy Jane April 24, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

      Thanks for reading, Kym–I wish I could do all of that, too!

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