Teach children to be multilingual

Fatimah Abdullah. Photo Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: The Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Ministry has encouraged childcare centres and kindergartens to use more than one language as a medium of teaching.

Its Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said that using more than one language would ensure that the children are well prepared when entering formal education.

She said this during a visit to Kindycare Child Care Centre at Taman Casa Marbella here today.

Fatimah commended the child care centre for its efforts in using different languages as its medium of teaching.

“This is the direction that we are heading for schools in Sarawak.

“Early exposure to different languages will allow the children to speak not only in Bahasa Malaysia but English, Mandarin and even the Iban language when they enter into the formal education system,” she said.

Fatimah said the initiative would ensure that the future generations of Sarawakians would be able to communicate effectively with one another and even with different communities thus enhancing multi-racial unity and solidarity in the state.