Permata emphasises early childhood education – Nancy

SIMUNJAN: Malaysia strives to continue providing quality early childhood education through Permata Negara (Permata) programmes, run under the Prime Minister’s Department.

According to Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri, Permata is meant to ensure that early childhood education in the country would remain consistent.

Therefore, it is vital to have the cooperation from various parties such as the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development; the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development; and the Ministry of Health.

We, Malaysians, are fortunate as the government places early childhood education on its agenda as a way to strengthen the quality of nation’s education, especially amidst today’s ever-increasing challenges, she spoke before officiating at the closing ceremony of a workshop on early childhood and nursery childcare education conducted by Community Development Department (Kemas) for parents here, at Gedong community hall yesterday.

Nancy also said various strategies and transformation programmes are being carried out continuously and the government is committed to this, to ensure that the people would benefit from quality and affordable early education.

That is why the government launched the first phase of the Tabika (pre-school) transformation programme by enhancing our human capital development and upgrading the facilities and infrastructure at 11,183 Tabika Kemas throughout the country, as well as making Tabika Kemas the primary choice for parents to send their children to, she said, adding that the first phase of the transformation focuses on the quality of the children’s success and also building human capital and skills in order to address current and future challenges.

The first phase of the transformation also aims to provide facilities in an environment that is safe, comfortable and conducive to learning.

Nancy, who is Batang Sadong MP, said she would also use allocations under her constituency for the development of early childhood education.

I do not expect any allocation from any ministry; instead, we would utilise the funds provided by the federal government for my parliamentary constituency to develop infrastructure and human capital too.

Still, without the cooperation and involvement of parents in their children’s learning, none of this would be meaningful because to ensure that children would be successful, everything starts from home.

Kemas Sarawak director Mohd Zamri Mustajab and Gedong community leader Pemanca Shara Enai were also present.

Source: Sarawak Government