Seeking collaboration to enhance early education

KUCHING: The Association of Registered Childcare Providers Malaysia (ARCPM) hopes for more collaborative works with Sarawak government to enhance the quality of early childhood education in Malaysia.

While applauding the state Welfare Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Ministry, its president Anisa Ahmad said other states in the country should take Sarawak as their model in developing early childhood education.

“We hope that we can learn more from the ministry so that the quality of early childhood education in the peninsula will be as advanced as Sarawak’s,” she said after a courtesy call on Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah here at her office in Baitul Makmur building yesterday.

The president said it was undeniable that the ministry did a great job, especially with the establishment of early childhood development centres across Sarawak.

“We want to learn how Sarawak government initiated the move to establish a few early intervention centres throughout the state. Currently we only have one centre in the peninsula, which is located in Selangor,” she said.

Anisa (fifth left) presents a token of appreciation to Fatimah (sixth left).

She said the association would take any necessary measurement to ensure that their collaborative effort will lead to a long-term relationship with the state government.

“We really need Datuk Seri Fatimah’s help to guide us on the implementation of the early childhood intervention programme. And we hope to expand the knowledge and share with all early childhood educators for the betterment of our children today,” she added.

The courtesy call was for the purpose of seeking permission and support from the state government to organise NCM 2020 in Bintulu, next year, from November 27 to 29 next year.

The delegation was led by ARCPM president Anisa Ahmad and president of Association of Registered Childcare Providers Bintulu (PKEB) Maraini Jaafar.

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