I also got an opportunity to shake the hands of many globally renowned individuals, including Mr Kofi Annan, Mr Tony Blair, the Queen of the Netherlands, Mr Benjamin Netanyahu and Mr Fareed Zakaria, to name a few.

Yet, the most impressive individual I shook hands with is 21 years old. His name is Boyan Slat, a young Dutchman who has made it his life’s mission to rid the oceans of plastic. Over the last 30 to 40 years, millions of tonnes of plastic have polluted the oceans. Most of it comes from land-based sources.

Mr Slat has been working on this life mission since the age of 16.”

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Suggestion from Mr Kishore in this 2016 article (It was in 2015 that TFGi started such a programme to the Phillipines, in the Province of Bataan)

“There is an amazingly simple solution. Each class in a Singapore secondary school should be paired with an equivalent class in a poor district in South-east Asia, be it in Myanmar or the Maluku Islands.

Each year, once a year, the Singaporean children should visit the class they are paired with.

Each Singapore child should become a buddy of someone who comes from a really poor family.

I have absolutely no doubt that this simple experience will unleash the inherent moral sensibility of any young Singaporean and make him or her into a far more idealistic Singaporean. A Singapore with a surplus of idealism will end up as a far better society.”

From Wikipedia (accessed 2022 07 31) about Mr Mahbubani

Kishore Mahbubani PPA (born 24 October 1948) is a Singaporean academic, diplomat and geopolitical consultant who served as Singapore’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations between 1984 and 1989, and again between 1998 and 2004, and President of the United Nations Security Council between 2001 and 2002.[1]

After stepping down, he remained serving as a Senior Advisor at NUS while engaging in a nine-month sabbatical at various universities, including Harvard University‘s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.[2] He is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Research Institute.[3] In 2019, Mahbubani was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Between 2004 and 2017, he served as Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore (NUS)

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