China-Quotient Parents Forum 2016
Speakers encouraged parents to engage with China and build on child’s Bicultural Competencies
The inaugural China-Quotient Parents Forum 2016 saw around 100 parents from Teck Ghee Primary School attending. Held on 26 September, the Forum was conducted in both English and Mandarin. General Manager of Business China Ms Josephine Gan and Senior Consultant of the Future China Advanced Leaders Programme Ms Edith Cheong were the Forum speakers.
Ms Gan shared with parents the significance of engaging with China from an economic perspective, whilst Ms Cheong emphasised the importance of mastering Chinese Language.
Themed “Future Economy – the importance of engaging with China”, the Forum aims to reiterate the importance of keeping up the children’s bicultural competency in order to ensure that they will maintain a competitive edge even in the near future.
At the start of the Forum, Ms Josephine Gan pointed out that China is a fast and emerging economy, and it is crucial for our future generations to have a competitive edge by being effectively bilingual. She also mentioned that Singapore is situated at a strategic location that encompasses both Western and Chinese cultures, which makes it crucial for Singaporean students to continue augmenting their unique capability so as to code-switch and engage effectively across cultures, as well as to play a bigger role in global connectivity. This will, in turn, allow them to be able to maintain a competitive edge amongst the rest of the peers in the long run.
The second speaker, Ms Edith Cheong, who had been living and working in China for more than four years, highlighted the pressing need to promote bilingualism and biculturalism.She shared her first-hand experience on the ways to connect with the Chinese systems and society. She also felt that it was her strong language skills in both English and Mandarin that allowed her to communicate effectively with her counterparts in China during her stay.
Through the earnest sharing by both speakers, the parents gained a deeper understanding of modern China and her current and future developments. Both speakers stressed that China is a fast-growing economy with great potential and opportunities, and it will increasingly be a vital player in Southeast Asia and the rest of the world for many years to come. The speakers also highlighted that it is essential for Singaporeans to study and horn their language skills in Chinese to ensure that they will always have a competitive edge.
The Forum was jointly organised by Business China and Teck Ghee Primary School.