SPH Foundation sets up Reading Corners at Polytechnics

The Reading Corner was officially opened at Temasek Polytechnic on 22 November 2006. Besides Temasek Polytechnic, the stylish Reading Corners sponsored by the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) Foundation can also be found at the libraries of Ngee Ann, Singapore, Nanyang and Republic Polytechnics. With the Reading Corner, each library will now have more copies of The Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao, Berita Harian, Tamil Murasu, The Business Times, and International Herald Tribune, to be shared among its students. The SPH Foundation also roped in Financial Times as a partner to make its international newspapers available at the Reading Corners.

"As an information service provider, we are keen to cultivate newspaper reading even if it is for a short period every day and promote lifelong learning. With this sponsorship, we are able to offer more copies of our local newspapers and it is very enlightening to see all the papers taken from the rack and our students deeply engrossed in reading them. We hope to sustain this interest in reading news and current affairs among our students," said Mrs Esther Ong, Director of Library from Temasek Polytechnic.

The Reading Corner project is the SPH Foundation's latest bid to promote lifelong learning and efforts to improve proficiency in English and the mother tongue, through newspaper reading.

Since the Reading Corners were set up at the polytechnic libraries earlier this month, they have been a hit with students. "I find the Reading Corner very useful because in my free time, I can come here to relax by reading the newspapers," said first-year student Chen Ying Jie, who is pursuing a Diploma in Mechatronics at Nanyang Polytechnic.

The SPH Foundation will also be introducing this initiative to other institutions in 2007.


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