With the aim to alleviate the global education crisis and to foster equal education and opportunities, President Barack Obama was in town for a charity gala dinner on 14 December to shed light on bridging the achievement gap and fostering equal opportunities regardless of background and financial capabilities.
Being a strong advocate of an equal society, he shared the legacy he hoped to leave behind for future generations, and encouraged everyone to make a difference as a society.
“Find some young person out there who has talent, but doesn’t have the privileges, connection, or money, and figure out how you can help that one person achieve their dreams. Somebody unexpected, it doesn’t have to be through a formal programme, (it can be) an employee whose child would benefit from a scholarship or just a conversation. Take the time, make some difference.”—Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States during the conversation at Education Benefit Gala
The appointed four beneficiaries in Singapore—Dreams Academy (South Central Community Family Service Centre), Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) Service Fund, Daughters Of Tomorrow, and Persatuan Pemudi Islam Singapura (PPIS)—champion education and training for marginalised women and children from disadvantaged families.
To close the inspiring evening at the Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore, everyone enjoyed a fine dining experience curated by four celebrated Michelin star chefs, Sebastien Lepinoy, Tetsuya Wakuda, Beppe De Vito, and Cheung Siu Kong.
The Education Benefit Gala was organised by Novena Global Lifecare with the support of The Sylvan Group to help give equal opportunity to education for all, especially underprivileged communities.
This article was first published in Harper's Bazaar Singapore.