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Thumbs Up (Chinese: 大拇指) is a Chinese newspaper published in Singapore for school children. It was launched by Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on 15 January 2000. Most primary schools in Singapore subscribe to the newspaper for their Chinese students, to improve their Chinese language skills.
A newspaper is a periodical publication containing written information about current events and is often typed in black ink with a white or gray background.
Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is an island city-state in Southeast Asia. It lies one degree north of the equator, at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, with Indonesia's Riau Islands to the south and Peninsular Malaysia to the north. Singapore's territory consists of one main island along with 62 other islets. Since independence, extensive land reclamation has increased its total size by 23%. The nation is known for its transition from a developing to a developed country in a single generation under the leadership of its founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.
A school is an educational institution designed to provide learning spaces and learning environments for the teaching of students under the direction of teachers. Most countries have systems of formal education, which is commonly compulsory. In these systems, students progress through a series of schools. The names for these schools vary by country but generally include primary school for young children and secondary school for teenagers who have completed primary education. An institution where higher education is taught, is commonly called a university college or university, but these higher education institutions are usually not compulsory.
The newspaper reports both international and local news. It ihass a section with mock examination questions to help students prepare for examinations. The newspaper also promotes arts education by featuring art pieces selected by local artistic guides. Tan Swie Hian, a well known local artist, was the first artistic guide for the newspaper. The newspaper also organises arts workshops and competitions annually. The arts education sections of the paper is supported and endorsed by the National Arts Council Singapore.
Tan Swie Hian is a Singaporean multidisciplinary artist known for his contemporary Chinese calligraphy, chinese poetry and contemporary art sculptures found in Singapore and many parts of the world.
The newspaper also has a section for fun and games, which features Chinese comics contributed by readers, as well as a weekly cartoon story on the mascot of the paper.
The newspaper is published once a week by Singapore Press Holdings.
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