You cannot emulate many things Singapore is doing for many reasons. But there are good things in the island republic that we can use as models because they can work for us too.
We just have to know which one.
Sometimes, that one thing is staring us in the face.
If I were a member of the Malaysian Cabinet, I'd know what I'd do in this age of ICT. I certainly would not want my country to be left dinosaur years behind.
Sometimes it is so okay to be a copycat.
For instance, Singapore's education ministry is going all out to make its people very tech-savvy from a young age. Really tech-savvy.
They are preparing their kids to be netizens so that when they grow up and join the real world of corporate and government, they'd know what to do and what is expected of them.
They'd be more than ready to take on the world.
(As though they aren't already!)
Blogging. Yeah. That's one of things they will be doing. Blogging is being made part of English lessons in Singapore. Check that out.
Five schools have been chosen for the integration of infocomm technology into their curriculum across all levels, for a period of four years.
The schools are Jurong Secondary, Hwa Chong Institution, Canberra Primary and Crescent Girls' and the new Beacon Primary School.
It is an ambitious programe and by 2015, the ministry hopes to have up to 15 schools to be similarly shaped through the FutureSchools@Singapore initiative.
That's Singapore for you.
You can read the story here.