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Rosmah Invites UM To Join Forces With Permata Negara | 29/01/2010
Untitled document KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 29 2010 (Bernama) -- The prime minister's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor on Friday invited the University of Malaya's (UM) Faculty of Education to join forces with Permata Negara in providing training for child minders in the country.

Rosmah, who chairs the Permata Negara Policy Working Committee, said being the pioneer of early childhood education programme, which started in 1997, UM was in the right position to help implement the programme.

"For the last 12 years the university has been successful in producing hundreds of pre-school educators and has managed to assemble a team of professionals," she said at the opening of the Asia Pacific Conference of Early Childhood Education Graduates at the university here Friday.

The two-day conference, themed "Developing Human Capital Begins With Children" is jointly organised by the UM and Early Childhood Education Society.

Rosmah said Permata Negara had so far worked closely with Sultan Idris University of Education and Universiti Putra Malaysia in early childhood matters.

She said at the end of 2009, more than 400 childcare centres of the Community Development Department and National Unity and Integration Department as well as community-based childcare centres and childcare centres at workplace were built, upgraded or refurbished as Permata Negara centres.

"This programme has benefited more than 16,000 children below the age of five.

"Imagine what this would do to the enhancement of Malaysia's human capital development, when all these children grow up to become skilled adults.

"This is perhaps the reason why I am very committed in ensuring that our children are given the right education and care, as early as possible in their lives. The challenge before us is to ensure that no child is left out or deprived," she said.

Speaking at a news conference later, Rosmah said Permata Negara would use part of the RM100 million allocated by the government to provide or upgrade 210 Permata Negara centres this year.

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