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Rosmah Launches Permata Insan | 12/03/2010
Untitled document NILAI, March 12 2010 (Bernama) -- Following the success of 'Permata Pintar', a programme specially designed for smart and gifted children to mould them into outstanding intellectuals, another programme has come to the fore.

The 'Permata Insan', which focuses on Islamic religious education for smart children, was on Friday launched by the prime minister's wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

The 'Permata Insan' programme has been developed by Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia, with the cooperation of the Islamic Development Department.

The programme, which caters for children aged between eight and 12, is aimed at educating them to understand and practise the teachings of the Quran, besides excelling in other subjects.

Rosmah said the programme was a continuation of the Permata Pintar programme which was carried out last year.

The children's interest in religious fields, especially the Quran, would be integrated with academic knowledge through systematic learning and using a suitable methodology, she told reporters after launching the programme.

Also present were Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohd Jamil Khir Baharom and the university's Vice-Chancellor Prof Datuk Muhamad Muda.

Rosmah, who is Permata Negara Policy executive committee chairman, said the Permata Insan programme would be carried out with the cooperation of King Abdul Aziz University, Riyadh, which had implemented a similar programme for smart students in Saudi Arabia.

"The success of this programme, and any programme which involves child education, very much depends on the role of parents, teachers and society, she added.

She said the selection of students for the programme would be carried out from this month until May, adding that it was open for smart students from Islamic religious schools, including private schools and individuals.

Rosmah said the first Permata Insan camp would be held during the school holidays in December this year.

"Selected students will be exposed to intensive learning where the syllabus is developed specially for their IQ level.

"The support learning system will also be uploaded into a system to enable them to learn on-line at home," she added.

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