Creating a More Equal Singapore for Children
In the film INequality, two youth – Chin Wei and Nisha – who come from contrasting socioeconomic backgrounds tell their unique stories, showing how unfair experiences can cut across classes.
The narrative, developed by three Singapore Children’s Society centres and produced by Cloudy South Productions, was based on interviews with 25 children and youth about fairness and equality.
The film was specially created for the 4th Singapore Children’s Forum. This year’s theme, “Why is it sometimes not fair?”, builds on last year’s Singapore Children’s Society Lecture, “Growing up in an Unequal Society”. It sought to flesh out the issue from the perspective of young people, and was the basis for the panel discussion.
Over 200 educators, parents and students attended the event, held at the SMU Mochtar Riady Auditorium on 30 November 2019. Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Social and Family Development, and Education was the Guest-of-Honour.
Inequality was a fitting theme given that it is the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), said Ms Tan Khiaw Ngoh, Chairman of the Society’s Social Work Service Standing Committee. The UNCRC is the most widely ratified international treaty, and was signed by Singapore in 1995.
“An important pillar of the UNCRC is child participation — providing a space to hear the voices of children and youth,” she said in her welcome address, pointing to how Singapore created the Singapore Children’s Forum in 2013 to alternate with the ASEAN Children’s Forum, and keep the conversation going.
- Ms Kong Kum Peck, Director of ComCare and the Social Support Division, Social Policy and Services Group, Ministry of Social and Family Development
- Dr Irene Ng, Associate Professor of Social Work and Director of the Social Service Research Centre, National University of Singapore
- Mr Zheng Liren, Social Work Lecturer at the School of Health and Social Sciences, Nanyang Polytechnic
- Ms Loh Lai Sum, Social Worker, Yishun Family Service @ Children’s Society
- Qalishya, a 15-year-old member from our youth drop-in centre, VOX @ Children’s Society