Did you know? Our forefathers came mainly from the Malay Peninsula, the Indonesian Islands, China, the Indian sub-continent and Sri Lanka. Despite our different backgrounds, Singaporeans were able to build a harmonious society because we recognise and value the importance of accepting and understanding one another.
We need to continue to build bridges and trust among our different community groups, so as to strengthen our social harmony. Thus, the National Integration Council (NIC) was set up in April 2009, to promote public, people and private (3P) sector partnerships for integration, and build a shared future together.
Here are the NIC's goals:
When seeking to foster integration, we are guided by these principles.
The NIC team is made up of members from the public, people and private sectors sectors who meet regularly to brainstorm on strategies and programmes to improve integration.
Meet the Council Members:
The NIC provides strategic direction to programmes led by four National Integration Working Groups (NIWGs) set up according to key touch-points:
Each NIWG is supported by secretariats from the respective Ministries and chaired by the Permanent Secretaries of those Ministries.
The Community Integration Fund (CIF) was launched by the NIC in September 2009 to support organisations in organising ground-up integration initiatives. Find more information about CIF.
The CIF Workplace Integration Resource (WIRe) is an initiative in support of OneWorkplace.sg to encourage companies to initiate workplace integration efforts. Find out more about CIF WIRe.
Did you know? New naturalised citizens who have been granted in-principle approval for Singapore citizenship have to undergo a mandatory programme. It consists of both online elements as well as experiential learning programmes, and culminates in a citizenship ceremony to officially welcome naturalised citizens as full-fledged members of the Singaporean family.