All Reading Flows into the Ocean of Knowledge (Part 2)
By Ruth Cao
Continued from All Reading Flows into the Ocean of Knowledge (Part 1)
In early 2013, National Library Board (NLB) approached Chou Sing Chu Foundation (CSCF) to discuss its original plan to ask for a fund sponsorship. Eventually, NLB accepted CSCF’s proposal for an in-kind sponsorship. The CSCF Board went beyond just giving strong support to NLB’s revised proposal. Actively involved in setting the direction and overseeing the entire process, the CSCF Board even shared their observations and advice when they were given a tour of the preparatory work of the children’s books section before the actual opening.
On the opening day, there was a long queue of visitors eager to take a look inside the new library. Seeing how our donation has benefitted the society and laid the foundation for the cultural development in Singapore, all our effort was worth it!
The Big Stage of Storytelling
Singapore has often been labelled a “culture desert” when it comes to Chinese culture and reading, with many local students finding learning Chinese a tough chore. In the ocean of knowledge, every single drop of water counts. CSCF is committed to the education of our children as they are our country’s future and hope. Besides publishing children’s storybooks, CSCF has also been organising a series of storytelling sessions at various national library branches and shopping malls since September 2015. Led by our trained volunteers, our storytelling sessions have even attracted a group of young loyal followers. Even adults were joining our storytelling sessions regularly to participate in the telling of stories and playing of games. Boasting a team of almost 100 storytelling volunteers, all trained to work with children, CSCF has organised more than 70 storytelling sessions to date.
Many children learn Chinese with the sole objective of passing their examinations, thus creating a less than ideal learning environment. Ironically, these children may not dislike learning Chinese at all. What is needed to get them interested is to show them the beauty of the Chinese language. Getting them to listen to Chinese stories is an excellent start.
Just as a journey of a thousand miles cannot be achieved without each and every single step, the enormous ocean cannot be formed without the confluence of every single stream. The road ahead for CSCF is long and arduous. But there is no time to lose, we have got to start moving now to make a change!
(Translated by Shawn Pang)