Five organisations - Engineering Good, Google, Keppel Corporation,
Standard Chartered Bank and TriGen - commit to support new Digital for Life movement
SINGAPORE – 30 MAR 2021: Five leading organisations have stepped up to join the recently launched national Digital for Life (DfL) movement. The movement, which aims to galvanise the community to help Singaporeans embrace digital as a lifelong pursuit, and to enrich their lives through digital, was launched by President Halimah Yacob, patron of the movement, last month.
Engineering Good, Google, Keppel Corporation, Standard Chartered Bank and TriGen were commended for their passion to impact the community positively, by the Minister for Communications and Information, Mr S Iswaran, at the Infocomm Media Development Authority’s (IMDA) annual Partners’ Appreciation event. At the event, Minister Iswaran also announced that the Digital For Life fund has received an additional $1.3m in donations and will be calling for proposals in 2nd quarter of 2021 to support community-led projects and activities that promote digital inclusion, literacy and wellness. Nine organisations and six individuals were recognised for their efforts supporting Singapore’s digital readiness cause from 2019 to 2020 at the event.
Championing the cause of Digital for Life
In response to the recently launched Digital for Life movement, three organisations - Engineering Good, Google and TriGen – will expand their efforts to equip children, youths and seniors with digital access skills and know-how.
- TriGen (a ground-up non-profit organization started by a group of healthcare professionals to serve vulnerable seniors in the community) has worked with SGH to co-create Project Wire Up during the pandemic, with a target to reach out and equip 200 vulnerable seniors, many of whom live alone, with digital devices and skills by June 2021. They have also collaborated with numerous like-minded community partners like NTUC Health, Montfort Care, Radin Mas Community Centre to reach out to these seniors. In the next phase of the project, TriGen hopes to work with more partners and Senior Activity Centres to empower seniors with digital skills to better connect socially and help them access essential services like tele-medicine consultations.
- Google worked with the Media Literacy Council to encourage primary school students to use internet safely, through a free game called Interland, as part of the ’Be Internet Awesome’ curriculum, in 2020. Google is also in talks with the National University of Singapore to have their student volunteers bring the Interland curriculum to disadvantaged children and youths.
- Non-profit organisation Engineering Good will partner 3Pumpkins and Project D.I.P to empower students with basic computer skills and equip youths with laptop repair and troubleshooting skills to enable them to serve as IT ambassadors for their community.
$1.3 million in donations to Digital For Life Fund
The Digital for Life fund was set up by the IMDA in February with $2.5 million seed funding by the President’s Challenge. Since then, it has received an additional $1.3 million in donations from Standard Chartered Bank and Keppel Corporation, bringing the fund to $3.8 million as at March 2021.
The Fund aims to support community-led projects and activities promoting digital inclusion, literacy and wellness, as well as to provide last mile assistance for needy beneficiaries under IMDA’s digital access schemes. IMDA will be calling for proposals in 2nd quarter of 2021. Non-profit organisations interested to apply for funding support can find out more on the Digital for Life website www.go.gov.sg/digitalforlife.
Mr Lew Chuen Hong, Chief Executive, IMDA, said, “We have experienced an outpouring of support from many like-minded organisations and individuals in the past month since the launch of Digital for Life movement. Many are stepping up to offer resources, donations, and ideas, to help our fellow Singaporeans. We are encouraged by this strong start, the collective efforts of our community to bring every Singaporean along on our digital journey. We invite more to come forward and be part of this meaningful cause, to ensure no one is left behind – this is what the Digital for Life movement is all about.”
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