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Welcome to this week's issue of The Birthday Workbook!
In this issue, we hear from Farah H. Sanwari, a social innovation leader who is deeply involved in pushing for environmental environmental change and sustainable action. Farah reflects on her experience with the Repair Kopitiam, a ground-up initiative that encourages people to learn how to fix their broken objects.

Before you read the article:
Watch the following video.
Repair Kopitiam | Our Grandfather Story
Get into groups of 2-3 and discuss these questions:
  1. What is the "buy-and-throw away culture" that Andy talks about?
  2. Why do people come to the repair kopitiam?
    • Instead of throwing away their items?
    • Instead of bringing it to the manufacturer?
  3. What would you bring to the repair kopitiam to fix?
Now read the following article: 
Read on GovInsider
Consider the following questions:
  1. What is the "buy-and-throw away culture" that Farah talks about? Has your understanding of the term grown since Andy's sharing in the video?
  2. Why does getting people to repair their objects help to combat this culture?
  3. What is the title “is it really okay not to know” referring to? 
  4. Why does Farah call the Repair Kopitiam a “true learning community”?
  5. Farah shares other ways in which the Repair Kopitiam’s learning model has been adapted for other programmes. Can you think of a programme or cause where you could apply the same model?
  6. If there was something you could learn to repair from the Repair Kopitiam, what would it be? Why?
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