Increasing income for both women and the nation through PEMANDU & MOE
“The 21st Century is the time of women. It is therefore pivotal for women to empower themselves with additional skills and knowledge in order to, not only stand on their own two feet, but also be able to hold their own in any field”. This message was conveyed by Mr. Sim Quan Seng, CEO of the R.E.A.L Education Group, to a predominantly female audience in his opening address during the inaugural “R.E.A.L Teachers’ Forum” held on the 9th of April 2011.
In line with the government’s call to create a much larger pool of qualified & highly-competent Early Childhood Educators via the ETP’s Education NKEA or National Key Economic Area; PEMANDU and the Ministry of Education (MOE) have duly responded by participating in the forum. With the theme of “The New Millennium Professionals: Transcending from Noble Pre-School Teachers to Professional Early Childhood Educators”, this forum has truly been a huge step forward in the right direction for all parties involved, not to mention a long-awaited one as well.
For the R.E.A.L Education Group, being the largest and only integrated education service provider in Malaysia with about 15,000 students and 1,500 teachers & lecturers; the need and significance of developing the field of Early Childhood Education cannot be overstated, especially since the Group operates over 30 R.E.A.L Kids kindergartens.
The organizers and guests were therefore pleased to have had notable, female guest speakers from government units such as PEMANDU (Performance Management & Delivery Unit) and the MOE to present their respective & pertinent forum topics. Cik Siti Altaf Deviyati from PEMANDU, gave a speech on the “Up-scaling of Early Childhood Care & Education as an Industry in Malaysia” while Dr. Habibah Abd Rahim from the MOE, spoke of “Early Childhood Care & Education Professionals : The Nation Builders”.
There were also speeches presented by Pn. Satinah Syed Saleh from the R.E.A.L Education Group and Dr. Elsie Chin of CEFL (Cambridge English For Life); who spoke about “Early Child Care & Education: The Way Forward through EPP1 & EPP2” and “Becoming an Early Childhood Care & Education Professional in the New Millennium” respectively. With that, the wheels have already been set in motion for a ‘paradigm shift’ in Early Childhood Education within the country.