Public Hygiene Council

Keep Singapore Clean Movement


Litter-free Singapore

How Your School Can Help

Take your students on a keep Singapore clean journey by:

  • Educating them the importance of keeping Singapore clean
  • Encouraging them to keep common spaces clean through litter picking
  • Getting students to share their learning points with their peers

Through these approaches, we aim to encourage greater consideration and compassion among students.

Become a Bright Spot (Within School Compound)

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Bright Spot (within school): A school that believes in taking ownership of cleanliness and leads by example to encourage good cleanliness practices within its own compound. 

Students, guided by teachers, will propose ways to take ownership of cleanliness in their school compound. This could be part of students’ Value-In-Action effort in both primary and secondary schools.

Examples of activities:

  • Routinised cleaning of classrooms, corridors and canteens (teachers to assist)
  • Display of self-made educational materials by students throughout school premises (toilets, canteens, notice boards)
  • Organise Cleanest Classroom competitions  for the various levels
  • Inter-class debate sessions on topic of cleanliness
  • Organise 'Cleaners’ Appreciation Day' whereby students show appreciation for the cleaners’ work (presentation of tokens, game sessions with cleaners, learning from cleaners)
  • Senior students to advocate good cleanliness habits to junior students
  • Students to do regular audits of good social behaviour
  • Adopting of Public Hygiene Council's Guidelines for  Litter-free/Environmentally-friendly events for all school events

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Project Buddy Clean

Schools may also explore carrying out the Project Buddy Clean, which aims to inculcate positive social values and norms on cleanliness among students. This is based on a pilot project implemented in Marsiling Primary School, which leveraged peer influence and feedback to shape behaviour and foster shared ownership and responsibility of common spaces. Senior students were empowered to lead junior students in conducting fortnightly area cleaning in the school. Survey results showed that the students’ sense of responsibility towards the cleanliness of the school and appreciation for the cleaners had both improved as a result of the project. Inspired by the success of the project, the Project Buddy Clean Resource Kit was developed to share lesson plans, teaching materials and useful tips on conducting a cleanliness project in school. The Resource Kit can be downloaded here.

More information on Project Buddy Clean can be found here.
If your school is keen to implement Project Buddy Clean or a modified version of it, kindly contact us:

Create Bright Spots (Beyond School Compound)

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Bright Spot (beyond school compound): A school that believes in taking the extra mile and leads by example to encourage good cleanliness practices beyond its school compound.

Students and staff could be encouraged to widen their scope of their involvement in the neighbourhood and local community to include the cleanliness of public areas. Schools are encouraged to adopt an area in the community where students take ownership of its cleanliness for instance, in the neighbourhood, at basketball courts, in parks, etc.

Examples of activities:

  • Educational patrols around community to spread Keep Singapore Clean message to residents
  • Distribution of self-made brochures
  • Conduct pledge exercises -Set up booths for residents to pledge to keep Singapore clean
  • Litter picking sessions in the neighbourhood
  • Adopting of common areas outside school (eg: HDB blocks, coffeeshops) and conducting regular educational patrols
  • Schools are encouraged to involve other stakeholders from the community when conducting outreach activities.

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How to Organise Your Litter Picking Activity

  1. Sign up with us.
  2. Download "Starter Kit for Organising Litter Picking Activity" from the list of tools below.
  3. Share your programme & timeline with us.
  4. Invite your students, teachers and the community to participate in the programme.
  5. Encourage your students to share their experience and learning points with their peers.

Other Useful Links:

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Keep Singapore Clean Movement (Updated as at 27 Oct 2016)

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Guidelines for Organising Environmentally Friendly Runs

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Guidelines and Checklists for Organising Environmentally Friendly Public Events

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Starter Kit for Organising Litter Picking Activity for School

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Bright Spots for Schools Guide

PDF, 5.47 MB

Project Buddy Clean Resources

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Project Buddy Clean Videos

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Postcards for Students

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Checklists for Students

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Educational Materials

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Frequently Asked Questions

Qn 1. My School is already a Bright Spot. What do I get?

Ans. We would like to give you due recognition for your efforts. Do report to us on the initiatives undertaken by your school via email to We hope to learn your best practices and share them with other schools through the Public Hygiene Council website and platforms such as the NEA Clean and Green Singapore Schools' Carnival. We will also keep you updated on any additional resources we can provide for your school.

Qn 2. I’m interested in the Bright Spots Programme. Who do I contact?

Ans.Contact us through for any queries or assistance. A "Bright Spots for Schools" Guide is available for download at this page under the Resources section. Each primary and secondary school will also receive a copy of this Guide.

Qn 3. How does a school qualify as a Bright Spot?

Ans. By taking ownership of cleanliness and encouraging good cleanliness practices within the school compound.

Frequency: Conduct outreach initiatives for at least 3 times a year
Type: Promote Awareness, Action and Advocacy

Qn 4. How does a school transform a community space into a Bright Spot?

Ans. By taking ownership of cleanliness and encouraging good cleanliness practices beyond the school compound.

Frequency: Conduct outreach initiatives for at least 3 times a year
Involvement: Involve at least 1 additional stakeholder

Type: Promote Awareness, Action and Advocacy

Qn 5. How do schools go about engaging external stakeholders in outreach activities beyond school compound?

Ans. Schools can approach the stakeholders directly to see if they are keen. Alternatively, schools can contact and we can help to link up the schools with relevant stakeholders such as Residents' Committee (RC), Town Council, Hawker Centres/Coffee shops, etc.

Qn 6. How do I get recognition as a Bright Spot?

Ans. Your schools’ efforts will be featured in various platforms such as the NEA Clean and Green Singapore Carnival and Schools' Carnival, Keep Singapore Clean Conference, and other events organized by Public Hygiene Council and its supporting partners (Singapore Kindness Movement, Keep Singapore Beautiful Movement and NEA). Your school will also be featured in the Public Hygiene Council Website.

Qn 7. How do I report on the Bright Spot activities done by my school?

Ans. Do report to us on the initiatives undertaken by your school via email to

Qn 8. What are the resources available for schools who want to come onboard the Bright Spots programme?


1. Online Resources available at this page

2. Litter picking tools for community clean-ups

3. Post cards for senior students to write to junior students on cleanliness habits

4. Checklist for students to do audits on good social behaviour.

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