26 Sep 2020
RECORDED CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE BY MS INDRANEE RAJAH, MINISTER, PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE, SECOND MINISTER FOR FINANCE AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND PRESIDENT, SINDA, TO RECIPIENTS OF THE SINDA EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2020
- Hello everyone. Firstly, my heartiest congratulations to all 650 SINDA Excellence Awards recipients! Even as we meet virtually this year, the spirit of the SEA awards remains – to celebrate as one community, our students’ hard work, determination and perseverance towards excellence.
- This year’s SINDA Excellence Awards recognises our top-achievers across 19 categories – the academics, the arts and sports. I’m heartened to see the diversity of different paths pursued, with each one of you going down a path suitable to your talents, abilities and ambitions, and striving to do your best in it.
- One such pathway is the newly introduced ‘International and National Competitions’ category, as part of this year’s SEA awards. Through this category, we recognise students who have taken part and made achievements in WorldSkills competitions – covering a wide variety of disciplines, from creative arts and fashion, manufacturing and engineering, transport and logistics and even, cloud computing. Every single one of your journeys is important and will contribute positively to Singapore, by making a meaningful difference to our collective future.
- As a SEA cohort, you represent the best of the nation and the Indian community. And your success is the collective accomplishment of the community, as it was driven by the support and encouragement of your parents, schools, teachers, organisations and the wider community. So, this is also a time for you to thank and honour the many individuals who have played a key role in your lives.
Success As A Community
- This year’s SEA awards is also cause for two other meaningful celebrations. Firstly, that we have a significant increase in the number of recipients this year – almost 20% more recipients than we did last year. With this increased cohort, we are heartened that more of you are doing better and aspiring towards excellence. And importantly, it also signals to us that the Indian community’s academic performance is on a very positive, upward trend.
- Secondly, almost 20% of all recipients were part of SINDA’s programmes over the years, be this educational, youth or volunteer opportunities. We are inspired that SINDA has served as a positive catalyst for your pursuits and we hope that your continued journey with us will bring about even more accomplishments.
- While we celebrate all of you and your inspirational journeys, do remember that the nation and the community will continue to support you. Education is, and will remain a priority for the government. And it is an education system modelled upon the fundamental aim that our students must have the best possible start in life, through access to the right opportunities, guidance and resources. This is especially significant now, in this current climate of uncertainty, and we will continue to adapt our education approaches, so that you would develop the required breadth and versatility and be well-equipped with the right skill sets to fulfil your aspirations and thrive in the future economy.
- On that note, my best wishes once again to you, as you embark upon the next chapter of your journey. And I hope that as you continue to pursue excellence, you remain an inspiration to us all.