KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 8 2010 (Bernama) -- Emphasis on early childhood education, particularly under five years of age, is important as 80 per cent of mental development of children occured at that age, the prime minister's wife said.
Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor said, quality early childhood education helped in a child's growth and eventually spurred quality and balanced human capital development.
"The learning techniques used to stimulate the mind of children through fun learning atmosphere or through games can attract the interest of children under five years," she said.
Rosmah was speaking at the breaking of fast with about 100 children of the Malaysian Welfare and Medical Services Foundation at Prince Court Medical Centre (PCMC) here Tuesday.
The presence of Sesame Street characters, Elmo and Cookie Monster, gave a touch of splendour to the occasion.
Rosmah commended donors for contributing 200 tickets for the children of Permata Negara to enable them to attend the 'When Elmo Grows Up' musical theatre last week.
"I also urge PCMC to begin an initiative, in collaboration with Permata Negara, to provide free periodic health care services to children at 400 Permata Negara centres nationwide," she said.
At the function, PCMC donated RM11,000 -- proceeds from the sale of theatre tickets -- to the foundation.
Rosmah also presented 'duit raya' to children of Rumah Kasih Harmoni and Rumah Siraman Kasih under the auspices of the foundation.