I am an early childhood educator and an activist from Singapore. In contrary to what many people have told me in private, I don’t think I should stick to being just a normal Singaporean girl or to ‘know my place in society’. It is not the desire of mine to be labelled as different or special nor do I wish to stand out from among the materialistic crowd as a ‘special sore thumb’. Deep down in my heart there are many issues that I am passionate about and among them include the dignity of human life, the right of all human beings to hold opinions and the freedom to voice out their opinions whether they are in agreement to the authorities or otherwise… and many more.
Besides that, I hope to be able to play the advocating role with my opinions on early childhood education so that parents who read my write ups have a clearer idea of the development of their children and to identify the purpose of a good early childhood education, and that is, an early childhood seeks not to solely prepare children for primary school, but to encourage developments in various areas, to nurture the thirst for knowledge and to equip children with the basic foundations of lifelong skills.
To me, everyone is equal and have their roles in society. The role of a road sweeper is as significant to society as a politician’s and a low wage worker is not in any way ‘low class’ when standing next to a multi-millionaire. We should all stand on par and build this nation, this world, so that it progresses to be a better one for our generations to come and we should take pride in whatever roles we may play. No one should be left out and no one should be deem as unimportant or insignificant.
Therefore, even as a ‘lowly viewed high class nanny’ in Singapore who is working in a child care centre, I don’t see myself as a slave to any system. That is why I am doing what I do, that is why I am speaking up.
It is time for people to realise that members of the female gender should have an equal voice in society and should never be muted by their so called roles in the Asian society (making babies, bringing kids up and taking care of the household).
So there you go, this is who I am and what I think! :)
Should anyone wish to contact me, I can be reached at rachelabsinthe at gmail.com.
(BTW: I am not a member of any political party and am not interested to be in one)
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