Management and Science University (MSU) wrapped up its MSU Children’s Festival 2018 at the end of the National Early Care and Childhood Education (ECCE) Week.
Officiating the joint closing was the Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Hannah Yeoh.
“Children form thirty percent of Malaysia’s population. Across the more than 20,000 cases in the past five years, they have also been victims of abuse by some of the most unlikely perpetrators: family members and babysitters. If we do nothing to curb it, those children may grow up thinking that child abuse is normal and repeat the cycle when they have children of their own,” she said.
The Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development reminded all present that early childhood education is not an industry but a calling.
“To make Malaysia safer for our children, rehabilitation and therapy must carve a path towards early recovery of those abused. Graduates of early childhood education must prepare to be the next in line as guardians, not mere babysitters. When a child-abuse alarm is raised, our care-givers must be able to act swiftly and provide a safe haven for any affected child under their care,” she urged.
MSU President Professor Tan Sri Dato’ Wira Dr Mohd Shukri Ab Yajid emphasized the caring element in establishing the university’s own campus nursery MSU Kids.
“With the world’s number of children approaching two billion in 2020, children are our future, and their education our priority,” he assured.
Opened in 2008, MSU Kids has seen dynamic growth over the years into an outlet for internship as well as entrepreneurship for the university’s Early Childhood Education students. MSU Children’s Festival 2018 saw the rebranding of MSU Kids, some of whom delighted those in attendance that Saturday afternoon with their performance of a traditional dance number alongside their teacher-interns from MSU’s Bachelor in Early Childhood Education (Honours) programme.
Also present at the joint closing of MSU Children’s Festival 2018 and National Early Care and Childhood Education (ECCE) Week was ECCE Chairman Datuk Dr Chiam Heng Keng.
The National Early Care and Childhood Education (ECCE) Week carried the theme “Bringing out the Scientist in Young Children”.
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