Saturday, July 24, 2010

Permata drawing up standard operating procedures: Rosmah

IPOH, July 24 – The Permata early childhood education and care programme has documented several curriculum guidelines to standardise the activities and quality of indoor and outdoor learning for the children.
The Prime Minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who is the National Permata Policy executive committee chairman, said among the guidelines were those pertaining to outdoor equipment, implementation of Anak Permata activities and other documents which would be made standard operating procedures for Permata.

“This initiative is taken with the aim of raising the standard and quality of childhood education and care.
“We have taken the initiative to document several guidelines to assist implementors who are interested to adopt the Permata curriculum,” she said at the launch of Bercham Permata here today.

Rosmah said apart from emphasizing on quality education, the guidelines also emphasized on suitable and effective strategies to nurture unity.

She said to ensure that the adopted curriculum not only offered good childhood education and care, the Permata curriculum had also been added with elements of cultural diversification and creative thinking.
Rosmah said the federal government had also allocated RM3.64 million to all state governments to expand the implementation of Permata programme this year.

With the allocation, she said the number of Permata nurseries nationwide would increase to 647 within two years of its establishment in 2008.

“Last year alone, the Permata programme had shown tremendous improvement with the setting up of 427 nurseries nationwide involving 17,000 children aged between one and four years,” she said.

On a different note, Rosmah called on the private sector to be extra sensitive to the needs and interests of persons with disabilities in providing any form of public facilities or services.

This was because many existing facilities and services offered did not take into consideration their interests to the extent of restricting their movements, she said.

“I would like to call on corporate sectors to help the government in taking care of persons with disabilities by making it part of their corporate social responsibility programmes.”

She said this when opening the Community Rehabilitation Centre (PDK) Products Sale Carnival and the state-level Prime Minister’s Cup talentime competition for persons with disabilities at the Perak Menteri Besar Residence here today.

Rosmah also hoped that more private companies would emulate the government in offering job opportunities to qualified and highly-skilled persons regardless of their disabilities. – Bernama