17 February 2017 saw the gathering of approximately 300 students and 15 social sector partners at the SIM University (UniSIM) Grand Hall for the 7th Be the Change Exposition, organised by SoCh (Social Change) in Action, in collaboration with UniSIM. Also present were teachers, educators and practitioners, and UniSIM students keen to exchange ideas gained from their service-learning experiences. All were eager to promote social change and showcase community solutions implemented for a wide range of social issues.
This annual exposition has become Singapore's largest showcase of children shaping our society through their ideas and actions, celebrating the "I Can" spirit of young change makers of Singapore as they come together to create a better tomorrow.
Mr Phang Zi Han, a second-year UniSIM full-time Bachelor of Science in Marketing student, and co-organiser of the event, shared: "This experience has humbled me. When I engage in service-learning projects, I often strive to cover all bases before moving forward, and I thought I was being brave for trying out an idea. Whilst reviewing the students' projects, I realised that they were willing to try, even when their ideas were not perfect or they had not considered all factors in their proposed solutions. They would implement their ideas and continuously adapt. This has opened my mind – if students 10 years younger than I am dare to experiment, then I am part of the norm, not the exception, when I dare to experiment."
(From right) Mr Phang Zi Han; and Ms Madhu Verma, Founder and Director of SoCH in Action, addressing the participants.
Mr Chua Wei Liang (centre), our second-year full-time Bachelor of Science in Finance student; and a student (left) from Delta Senior School, creating awareness for people with intellectual disability and getting others to pledge their support for inclusion.