Launching the Sinar Kasih Home Coaching collaboration between Management and Science University (MSU) and Kasih Malaysia at the MSU Chancellor Hall was the country's first lady, Yang Amat Berbahagia Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Haji Mohd Ali.
"We must not overlook those unable to attend school. They may be chronically ill or disabled but they have ambitions and talents of their own, the interest and the determination to learn, and the same rights to education," she said.
Kasih Malaysia is a charity and welfare association launched by the wives of cabinet ministers in October 2018, with Tun Dr Siti Hasmah as Chair and an objective of a helping hand lifting the needy out of their challenging personal environments. School in Hospital is another initiative by the organization.
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Education is the foundation to improving lives and sustainable development. A fundamental human right, it is still beyond the reach of many. Worldwide, over 265 million children are out of school – 22% at primary-school age – and 617 million youths lack basic mathematics and literacy skills.
Equal access to quality education is the fourth among the United Nations’ seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG), with targets of eliminating gender disparities in education; and closing the opportunity gap for persons with disabilities, the indigenous, and children in vulnerable situations, as well as for all men and women, across technical, vocational, and tertiary education levels.
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Welcoming guests including cabinet ministers Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah (Foreign Affairs) and Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (Health) was MSU President, Professor Tan Sri Dato’ Wira Dr Mohd Shukri Ab Yajid.
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“Education for all so no dream gets left behind has always been the essence of what we do at MSU. University is about creating a future, and at MSU we are also building character. I believe our students’ involvement in the Kasih project will build them into better humans – holistic, balanced, well-rounded graduates," said Professor Tan Sri Dr Mohd Shukri.
“Besides content, pedagogy, and in-house faculty expertise from our School of Education and Social Sciences, we will also be looking into the psychological component of the Sinar Kasih Home Coaching programme to enhance its overall effectiveness, because of the potential psychological impact to the teachers involved. I also foresee an interdisciplinary situation that may call for palliative care from our Medical and Health Sciences Cluster of International Medical School, School of Pharmacy, and Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, for the families concerned.”
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Gracing the launch were Kasih Malaysia Vice-Principal Datin Seri Shamsidar Taharin and Sinar Kasih Programme Director Datin Norlin Shamsul Baharin. Also present were MSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Puan Sri Datuk Dr Junainah Abdul Hamid as well as sponsors Astro Awani, Utusan, and MBS World.