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Youth Perspectives At Singapore Perspectives Conference

Singapore Perspectives 2024

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On 22 and 29 January 2024, the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) held its flagship Singapore Perspectives Conference on the theme “Youth”. The Conference aimed to examine the challenges facing young Singaporeans including how they will fit in Singapore’s ageing society, how they will adapt to evolving expectations around work, and the changes in family norms.

Louisa Helena Janssen and Shan Anandan from the Track and Field Academy, who participated in the Conference, shared their reflections.

Louisa Helena Janssen
Attending the Singapore Perspectives 2024 Conference on youth was a deeply enriching experience that offered a comprehensive exploration of Singapore's dynamic strategies to navigate the complex challenges facing its younger generation.

The Conference tackled a myriad of critical topics, shedding light on the nation's concerted efforts to address its low birth rate and ensure sustainable demographic growth. Insights gleaned from discussions indicated a multifaceted approach, encompassing family-friendly policies, affordable childcare, and a commitment to fostering an environment conducive to family formation.

A significant focus of the Conference was dedicated to the burgeoning gig economy and its impact on Singapore's youth. Thought-provoking dialogues delved into how the nation can adapt to the changing employment landscape, ensuring that gig workers receive the necessary support, rights, and social protection. The Conference emphasised the need for policies that strike a balance between flexibility and stability, acknowledging the evolving nature of work in the contemporary world.

Moreover, Singapore's commitment to inclusivity was evident in discussions addressing the appeal to individuals with lower levels of formal education. Conversations revolved around creating equal opportunities, ensuring that even those with limited educational backgrounds have access to meaningful employment and avenues for skill development.

Political pluralism emerged as a pivotal theme, showcasing Singapore's dedication to fostering a politically diverse and inclusive society. Discussions navigated the importance of accommodating a range of political opinions and ideologies, promoting healthy discourse, and engaging the youth in the democratic process. Mentoring emerged as a cornerstone in nurturing the potential of the younger generation. The Conference highlighted the significance of mentorship programs connecting experienced individuals with emerging talents, offering guidance and support across various facets of life, including career choices.

In essence, the Singapore Perspectives 2024 Conference provided a holistic view of the nation's proactive stance in addressing the multifaceted challenges faced by its youth. It served as a platform for collaboration among thought leaders, policymakers, and stakeholders, fostering a collective commitment to building a more inclusive, sustainable, and vibrant future for Singapore's younger generation.

Shan Anandan
The Conference offered profound insights into the challenges and expectations faced by youths. We explored topics such as marriage, work-life balance, and youth policies. With unique perspectives provided by both panellists and students, we were able to uncover diverse understandings on issues and I personally related to some of the issues presented. Overall, I had an amazing time and I hope future batches of students can benefit from the conference.

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