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UNIT 1: FINDING MY VOICE
The aims of this Unit are to help students: • understand their individual roles and communal responsibilities and seek meaningful purposes in their lives, • find their voices and plan their actions as they engage themselves and the local and global community • understand the responsibilities involved in the voicing of one’s opinions

Quote I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. ~George Bernard Shaw

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Activity 1: Roles in Our Lives – Finding our Voice
According to the last Population Census, the live expectancy of Singaporeans (Male and Female) is _________years. (Do an immediate online search to find out the magic figure) That means that most of us will live to that age. During those _________years, what are some of the roles that we are likely to play? List down at least 10. (you need not repeat roles which are long term ones e.g. ‘sister’) From 1-10 years: ___________________________________________________ From 11-20 years: __________________________________________________ From 21-30 years: __________________________________________________ From 31- 40 years: __________________________________________________ From 41-50 years: ___________________________________________________ From 51- 60 years: __________________________________________________ From 61- 70 years: __________________________________________________ From 71-80 years: ___________________________________________________ Beyond 81 years: ____________________________________________________

Activity 2: Roles and Responsibilities Versus Society and Self Expectations
From the above roles, select three major roles you will play in your life. What do you think are the responsibilities society expects of you in these roles? Role One: ____________________ ______________________________________________________________ Role Two: ____________________ ______________________________________________________________ Role Three:____________________ ______________________________________________________________

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Our Nation, Our World ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------What are the responsibilities you expect of yourself in these roles? Do they match the responsibilities society expects of you? Why? Role One: ____________________ ______________________________________________________________ Role Two: ____________________ ______________________________________________________________ Role Three: ____________________ ______________________________________________________________

Activity 3: Major Categories and Milestones
From some of the roles highlighted in the earlier activities, it is clear that they can be classified under some major categories. These may include: • Family and Friends: • Education: • Career/Job: • Marriage/Relationships: • Home/Property • Spiritual/Religion: • Health/Wellness: For each of the categories, which is at least ONE goal that you may set for yourself. Do provide a timeline (in brackets) Category Family and Friends: Education Career/Job Marriage/Relationships Home/Property Spiritual/Religion Health/Wellness Specific Goals (Age)

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What are your reasons for setting yourself these goals? Provide at least THREE reasons. 1. ______________________________________________________________ 2. ______________________________________________________________ 3. ______________________________________________________________

Activity 4: Strategies to Realize Goals
As you work on your goals in the specific areas, what is important includes how you are going to realise your goals. You need some kind of strategy or plan. For each of the goals listed above, list down what are certain actions you must take to ensure that they are met. Category Specific Goals Strategies Family and Friends:

Education

Career/Job

Marriage/ Relationships

Home/Property

Spiritual/ Religion

Health/ Wellness

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Activity 5: Obstacles Along the Way
Sometimes, there are obstacles along the way as we are working towards our goals. What do you think are some possible obstacles and how will you handle them? List them in the table below. Category Specific Goals Obstacles Solutions Family and Friends:

Education

Career/Job

Marriage/ Relationships

Home/Property

Spiritual/ Religion

Health/ Wellness

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Activity 6: What about Your Larger Community?
As you assess your goals, your strategies to achieve them, the obstacles along the way and your solutions to handle them, did you pause to consider how much of your goals involve the larger community? What makes up the larger community? These include your family and relatives, your friends in school and at work, your colleagues etc. Beyond that, it could be fellow citizens, your neighbours in your housing estate and fellow citizens of your country. Even beyond that, did you consider the global community. Increasingly, global events like climate change, political conflicts, financial and economic crises have a greater impact on our lives. What are our roles and responsibilities in the larger community? Let’s categorize some of these areas so that we can appreciate the extent of our role in the _______number of years we can expect to live in this world. List as many as you can under the three categories listed below. In case of overlaps, just write in the column that is most relevant Social Local Political Economic

Social

Global Political

Economic

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Activity 7: The Importance of Engaging the Larger Community – Extending our Voice
Let’s refer back to our life expectancy of ________ years. With that in mind, what do you think are the roles we play in the larger community? List at least three for each. As Citizen of our Country:

1. ________________________________________________________ 2. ________________________________________________________ 3. ________________________________________________________
As Citizen of the World:

1. ________________________________________________________ 2. ________________________________________________________ 3. ________________________________________________________
Investing in your community in terms of the time and effort you put into it is like a form of insurance. You need to invest in it because when you really need it (like in an emergency), it is likely to be no longer available.

Activity 8: So now that you’ve found your voice…
Assuming that you are now all charged up to be an active member of your community, eager to start questioning and taking issues to task, what are avenues for doing so? Of course, you may already be familiar with some of them. The following are some channels of communication for you to voice your grievances. The Straits Times Forum: http://www.straitstimes.com/ST+Forum/ST+Forum.html Voices, Today Online: http://voices.todayonline.com/default.aspx ECitizen: http://www.ecitizen.gov.sg/ SINGOV Government Information: http://www.gov.sg/ REACH: http://app.reach.gov.sg IMPORTANT: Please read the next page…

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Important:

As you approach some of these issues, you must remember to exercise responsible behaviour. Always ask yourself these questions: a. Is my criticism fair? Is it constructive or destructive? b. Are my reasons for voicing my opinions valid, fair and justifiable? c. Have I assessed the issue in terms of the various points of view that exists for not just myself but others. d. What are the impacts of what I have to say on myself, the people directly involved and the larger community? e. Have I approach the people directly involved in the issue before making it a full blown affair? f. Are there no other avenues for me to voice my grievances which may reflect badly on myself, the people directly involved and/or the larger community? g. Is the mode of giving my opinion (newspaper, online media etc.) an appropriate one? What are the SP Core Values in relation to the above? • Self Discipline • Personal Integrity • Care & Concern • Openness • Responsibility • Excellence

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