(Photo courtesy of Singapore Committee For UN Women)
Congratulations to "The Firefighters" (Year 3 students Joanne Teo, Aditi Bharade, Nur Sabrina, and Aum Sebin) on winning Project Aspire! Organised by the Singapore Committee For UN Women, Project Aspire is a social entrepreneurship challenge for all students in Singapore, aged 15 to 18. Through the programme, students learn about gender equality and entrepreneurial skills. Participants brainstorm and develop a social business that addresses gender inequality issues in Singapore, with the opportunity to win prizes and potential seed grants to make their ideas a reality.
Their business idea was to set up an online store to sell gender-neutral toys, to eradicate the stigma of association to gender-specific toys and promote curiosity, freedom to experiment and to learn, regardless of race or gender of the user. Their ingenious project was selected as the most investable idea!
Congratulations also to Year 4 student Lim Jia Xuan, who won the Best Youth Leader Award! Jia Xuan was a participant last year, where her team won the Technology Category Award. This year, she decided to participate as a Youth Leader.
SOTA had another participating team, “For the Workers”, consisting of Year 3 students Amber Goh, Adelle Chan, Alexa Wong, Isabella Ocampo, and Ellyn Ee, who proposed setting up training programmes to help domestic helpers in Singapore be more aware of safety when doing household cleaning, and to manage personal finances and learn the English language.