Students at Anglo Chinese Junior College have once again joined the global movement to Make Poverty History!
ACJC’s Arts Council organised a two-day event to Stand Up and Take Action Against Poverty and the collective response from their classmates was:
“We feel it’s particularly important to Stand Up because we are Youths. We’re the upcoming generation and it’s important for us to instill the aim of eradicating poverty and of Stand Up in our generation.”
On 24-25 October, Arts Council members went around the school asking students why they felt it was necessary for them and others to stand up against poverty. Students also set up a booth, which was prominently displayed at the school’s void deck, to raise awareness of the global poverty crisis.
Over 800 students participated. Many took photos with placards announcing why they are Standing Up. Support for this movement has become a yearly tradition at the school since ACJC students first joined Stand Up in 2009. This year, students were once again eager to show their support as they felt that the movement against poverty encapsulates many worthy causes.
“It’s great to know that so many of my fellow students are enthusiastic and supportive of the Stand Up movement,” says student organiser Yustynn Panicker, who adds that he was overwhelmed by the support of his peers.
A number of students requested that the the two-day event be extended so that even more of their classmates could speak out against poverty. This is the third year running that ACJC students have joined the international Stand Up Take Action Against Poverty campaign.
“I love that our school is taking up such an important cause and I’m proud to Stand Up,” says Saira Roop, a student participant.
The ACJC Arts Council also sold ONE (SINGAPORE) Make Poverty History t-shirts and whitebands to raise funds for Care + Share, an organisation that provides milk to primary school students in Indian slums. The students raised S$ 424. ONE (SINGAPORE) is topping up the amount to S$800, which should purchase more than 4500 glasses of milk for the students.
ACJC Stand Ups for LOVE, the impoverished and more. . . . check out their photos!