CAPE, or the Community for Advocacy & Political Education, a student organisation based in Yale-NUS College, was founded in 2017 by students from Yale-NUS College and the Law Faculty of the National University of Singapore (NUS).
What is CAPE?
We are a community that examines local and global affairs relating to civil society, and provides avenues for Singaporeans to contribute constructively to our civic life.
We envision a Singapore where citizens are politically conscious and are proactively engaged in civil society, policy making and social change. Towards this aim, we are focused on building capacity for political literacy and making civil participation more accessible.
CAPE produces extensive resources on civil society, political processes, laws, and civic issues as part of our mission to build political literacy and to enable enhanced civic participation in Singapore society. These include guides to public assembly permits, infographic commentaries on new laws, reading list, and more!
Parliament Tracker is an initiative by CAPE to track parliamentary proceedings, crunching data on MP attendance, bills and debates, and Parliamentary Questions fielded. This project aims to inform Singaporeans on parliamentary proceedings and promote access to our political processes.
Activism Archive is an archival project documenting case studies of activism and movements of social change in Singapore, celebrating the incredible contribution, diversity and breadth of Singaporean civil society. This project hopes to enhance our appreciation of Singaporean social activism, with a distinct emphasis on documenting and analysing their tactics and strategies: what strategies did they adopt, what worked, why it worked, and what we can learn from each other.
CAPE has also been engaged in outreach to pre-university institutions in Singapore to enhance civic education through workshops. The outreach team also organises get-togethers and capacity building workshops with civil society organisations and tertiary students. We also organise CAPE Classrooms – facilitated workshops exploring substantive socio-political issues through collaborative discussions and democratised pedagogy.
CAPE, as an open, collaborative and democratic community, is always open to your great ideas on projects supporting civil society and vitalising our civil democracy!