Be the Change Exposition 2014


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The 5th Annual Be the Change Exposition ends on a high with a record turn over of 1,500!

Be the change exposition 2014When 1,500 students, educators, parents and social sector partners come together with a shared goal of doing good, there is just one way of describing the result: electrifying!

Singapore’s largest showcase of social initiatives by children, the Be The Change Exposition, saw another successful event on the 11th of November at SUNTEC Convention Centre. The event venue was abuzz with ideas, creativity and energy that synergized beautifully all over again! SoCh would like to thank all the volunteers, partners and the students who make this event what it is and to the team that worked relentlessly and unflinchingly over the last few weeks, there’s a great satisfaction on a job well done.

Founder, Madhu Verma, inspiring the children to say, 'I Can!'
Founder, Madhu Verma, inspiring the children to say, 'I Can!'

Students dancing to Zumba
Students dancing to Zumba

This year’s Exposition theme, ‘Unplugged’ was reflected in the various partner activities and SoCh booths at the event and the activities encouraged the young to connect with themselves and with each other, without relying overtly on technology. The resulting response was both overwhelming and gratifying, as the children came forward with ideas, thoughts and creative suggestions that took the adults by surprise. Founder, Madhu Verma, echoes many other adult sentiments, when she says, “the children were so engaged... why can't all the learning be outside the four walls of the classroom!” In fact, parent, Jaynie Stephenson Higgins, thought that the event was as ‘amazing’ for the participants, as it was for visitors like her. Teacher, Rahimah from Tampines Primary School thought, it was “great” to be involved in such events and projects, where the children could “make their ideas work.” Similar thoughts were echoed by Laavenya, (teacher, CHIJ OLGC), who said that “kids are able to carry a lot back from such exposure.”


Whether the students, danced to the energetic Zumba, engaged in the craft activities, learnt games of the pioneers or captured their thoughts on post its, handprints or paper bricks, they gave it their 100%. As representatives of the future generation, they were engaged, interested and phenomenal! The 200 change makers, who showcased their social initiative projects talked passionately about their work and were excited about making a difference. As Nur Syariana from Greendale Secondary puts it, “we feel proud that we can actually help the society. It was difficult at first, but we enjoyed doing the project very much. It feels good to know that you can help people.”
Students from Greendale Secondary School

Students from Greendale Secondary School

The winning teams were announced at the exposition and the attendees also voted for the ‘People’s Choice Award.’ SoCh congratulates all the winning teams for their exceptional work and ideas. However, every student, who has contributed in any way to the society, with the intention of doing good, is a winner as far as we are concerned. So, congratulations to every participating team! You make us proud!

Meanwhile, we have another good news to share: The global movement, Design For Change which is the parent programme for the Exposition, has been selected as one of the 10 Champions in the Re-imagine Learning Challenge as a programme that’s transforming the way the world learns.

On this positive note, we leave you here.
Coming up: More pictures and details from the 5th Be The Change Exposition.

Be The Change Exposition will return next year.

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