Bilingual Fund Sets Aside $800,000 for Picture Books to Promote Language Learning

Published Date: 29 April 2022 03:30 PM

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The Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism (the "Fund") has set aside $800,000 to encourage local writers and content creators to produce picture books for young children up to 6 years of age. This initiative is part of the Fund's efforts to develop interest and promote bilingual learning from a young age. The books developed will add to the rich repository of language learning resources that are set in the Singapore context.

2. Applications are open from 1 to 31 August 2022. Interested applicants should submit proposals for picture books based on the following criteria:

  1. Picture books set in local context and written in a series of three to five book titles, suitable for young children up to 4 years of age and aged 4 to 6.
  2. Picture books using illustrations, with or without text, to convey stories and enable young children to develop visual and early literacy.
  3. Picture books in three target languages: single language (MTL), dual language (EL and one of the MTLs), or wordless story books which are complemented with a learning guide consisting of conversation cues for parents/caregivers to facilitate young children's language learning.

3. Applications will be assessed based on literacy and visual merit, impact and originality. Two virtual briefing sessions will be conducted on Saturday, 7 May (10 am – 12 pm) and Thursday, 12 May (7 – 9 pm) to provide more information to interested applicants.

4. Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Education and Chairman of the Fund, said: "The Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism has been playing an important role in nurturing the love for language learning in our children from a young age through a variety of language learning resources that are set in the local context. The early years are a critical period for language acquisition and the development of bilingual abilities. We look forward to interesting and creative proposals that will help our children pick up language skills through fun and engaging ways."

5. For more details on the briefing sessions, guidelines on the application and submission process, please visit https://www.bilingualism.sg.


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