Welcome to this week's issue of the Birthday Workbook! Today, we read an essay by Zulhaqem Zulkifli, who is currently pursuing his Masters in Buddhism at Oxford on a Public Service Commission (PSC) Scholarship. His journey was not an easy one, and offers us many points that we can reflect on. His story is linked below under the Further resources section, so we recommend that you take a look if you're interested.
His piece is from the 2020 Birthday Book, and if you haven't gotten a copy of it, you can do so here. In his piece, Zulhaqem stresses the importance of having 'seeing eyes' when interacting with the less well-off.
Before you read his essay, watch the following video:
What helps Zakia feel safe?
How does this compare to what helps you to feel safe?
Why do you think kids from rental block communities seek to build relationships with people that appear intimidating?
If you're interested in Zulhaqem's work with Project Hills, do check out their Facebook page here. His father, Zulkifli Atnawi, was also recently nominated for the Singaporean of the Year 2020 Award for his work on Project Hills, and you can read more about it here.
That's all for this week! Stay safe, take care, and feel free to email us with your thoughts or feedback!
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