Celebrating our Singapore Spirit as one Adult Learning Community

Written by: Chew Wei Wen Melvin
Student, Master of Adult Learning

The 9th of August 2021 was a surreal day for many. Phase-2 Heightened Alert (P2HA) had interrupted the annual lively parade that had been heralding great pride and patriotism for Singaporeans since the nation’s independence in 1965. There were no fireworks, no children dancing, no soldiers marching, no sky divers, no songs, and not many things that would characterise a typical National Day. Well, not at least for a small group of SUSS folks.

So, on the 9th of August 2021, the Adult Learning Community came together for an unofficial virtual celebration to commemorate Singapore’s 56th birthday with families and friends. We also wanted to cheer on our country in a time of great pandemic distress. The red-and-white theme was unanimous: everyone adopted the same virtual background to symbolise unity and awash the screen with our national colours.

In a way, the Adult Learning Community is a microscopic representation of the city-state. It comprises a diverse spectrum of learners with a variety of backgrounds and achievements but with one shared experience – continual progression in lifelong learning.

The topics that were discussed during the virtual celebration were a melting pot of conversations, much like the demographic of Singapore. We talked about learning, our next goals in life, aspirations for the country, and the generations to come. Our star learner and also an SUSS alumna, Ms Cheng Qianhui (current student, Master of Adult Learning) even had her child pose in the group’s screenshot. It was a symbolic yet poignant reminder that learning is a never ending cycle for anyone and everyone, and that Singapore’s significance as a progressive nation on the world map in lifelong learning is predicated upon embracing a learning culture for the knowledge advancement of the nation.

As SUSS’s Adult Learning Community, the members hope to see more people upskill and upgrade in their learning. People could become more self-sufficient, economically enduring; to emerge as a skilled workforce, continuing the legacy of our pioneer generation who had built the nation by their wits and wisdom, hard work, and persistence. The Adult Learning Community is hopeful that lifelong learning will continue to take shape further across the nation and become a positive “hobby” for many.

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