Singaporeans have embraced a more inclusive society and more open minds.
As Singapore’s population grew by 5 million last year, the number of students who took part in compulsory education rose from 1,000 to 1,600, with an overall increase of 2.2 per cent, the Department of Education said in a statement.
Singapore is a world leader in the development of its people and a beacon for the global community, it said.
The department said it was proud to have a country of more than 3 million people who are able to enjoy all the freedoms of the internet, social media and education.
Its new “Singapore First” initiative aims to encourage the use of technology to build a more compassionate and inclusive society.
“We will work with government agencies and community organisations to improve the use and adoption of technology in the country to achieve this,” the department said.
The country has a vibrant tech scene with companies like Skype, Skype.com, Whatsapp, Viber, YouTube and Google, which make it a global hub for digital entertainment.
This year, Singapore has added a number of new apps for businesses, which include Airbnb, Myeongdong Hotel, MyEater and Zomato.
In December, the government said it would introduce a new app to help people learn and work in the public interest.