How High’s the Water, Mama? A Reflection on Water Resource Education in Singapore, pp. 10 of 33

While the structure of the syllabus has been changed, the sub-topics relevant to the issue of Water Shortage as well as the study of water supply in Singapore were retained in the 2014 syllabus. A key difference is that there was more elaboration of content on NEWater as a way to increase Singapore’s water supply, as well as water conservation efforts by the PUB such as the ABC (Active, Beautiful, Clean) Waters programme launched in 2006 and ‘Friends of Water’ outreach programme. Such elaboration is found in the 2014 textbook by Brown et al. (2014, pp. 169 - 171). An example of a page is shown in Figure 2.

The 2014 curriculum also focuses on conservation efforts acknowledging water’s necessity to human life and as an important resource to various industries around the world. It stresses the need to conserve water through checking personal usage to ensure sustainability. The curriculum was intended to encourage students to value water as a precious resource which needs to be protected and used wisely, particularly given Singaporean’s tendency to take the ready availability of water for granted.

According to MOE (2014), the inquiry-based learning introduced organises each issue of investigation around five main guiding questions as follows:

  • • What is the issue?
  • • Which part(s) of the world is/are affected by the issue?
  • • Why is the issue located there?
  • • How does the issue affect human society and natural environment?
  • • How should the issue be managed?

An Inspiring Quote

"[Open-mindedness] includes an active desire to listen to more sides than one; to give heed to facts from whatever source they come; to give full attention to alternative possibilities; to recognize the possibility of error even in the beliefs that are dearest to us."

~ John Dewey, How We Think

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