‘Pearl’ Beyond Tomorrow…

Kalau ditanya samada aku minat permata atau tidak, jawapannya adalah “Ya, tidak minat,”.

Sangat-sangat tidak berminat tahap, boleh-jalan-dan-mata-boleh-tutup-sebelah-lah, ya!

Tetapi, Permata yang ini, adalah berkecuali. Sangat-sangat berkecuali.

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The reason why I’m in love with this kind of PERMATA is because it evolves around the world and issues of childhood and surely, the children of this country.

Jadi, there’s always concrete reason why I fall in love with this effort, what more of its initiatives yang sekarang ini sudah mencakupi 7 areas of early childhood, which are Permata Negara, Permata Pintar, Permata Seni, Permata Insan, Permata Kurnia, Perkasa Remaja dan Permata Children’s Hospital.

 7 areas of ECE; sebenarnya terlalu banyak ruang lingkup, but .. suatu nikmat yang perlu rakyat Malaysia syukuri juga that at least we have such initiatives provided in the country.

Bersyukur, kerana disebabkan ada insan yang peka, ada manusia yang prihatin, ada manusia yang bijak pandai dan jujurnya diharapkan, ada yang ikhlas ingin melihat Malaysia maju kerana berani ‘melabur’ untuk anak-anak ini yang saling tidak tumpah bernilainya seperti ‘permata’.

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Kanak-kanak ‘product’ PERMATA yang cukup saya kagumi. Sebagai seorang pencinta seni yang kaya dengan ciri ketimuran, persembahan pembukaan PIC2016 baru-baru ini cukup buat aku meremang bulu roma menyaksikan setiap seorang daripada mereka menzahirkan mimik serta kebolehan menari dan mengikut alunan muzik. Impressed, truly!

Dalam pada kesyukuran yang kita boleh panjatkan itu, sebenarnya tidaklah mencukupi untuk kita boleh mendabik dada dan bermegah dengan kelebihan yang ada.

PERMATA, kehadirannya muncul di kala negara terdesak dan mendesak akan keterampilannya.

Dalam pada Malaysia sedang gah dan giat mengejar arus pembangunan dan daya saing setanding negara-negara luar, PERMATA dilihat sebagai satu medium yang memangkinkan generasi anak-anak hari ini dapat dipersiapkan secara khusus demi kerana kelangsungan negara yang mahu mencapai status maju.

I haven’t gone into details of any PERMATA’s initiatives’ blueprints because in them, (I believe) laid a lot of information, measures and methods that will be implemented so that the future of those selected Permata children are guaranteed, along with the objectives.

Which is yang mana telah dikenalpasti bakat dan potensinya itu akan dipelihara dan dididik sebaiknya untuk target tertentu, which generally preparing them for a better path and future specifically.

Tetapi, hasil dari pemerhatian marhaen saya .. ECE di Malaysia ini belum mencakupi secara meluas.

Masih ada yang lompong, ‘berlubang’ dan tidak secara menyeluruh, tentunya.

I would love to refer you to this quote I wrote on an article that mentioned:

“Malaysia can begin implementing the 15-hour-per-week of free ECEC place policy and improve it on that yearly,” said Edward Melhuish, Professor of Human Development from the University of Oxford.

This professor said to me when he is asked to comment what Malaysia could do to utilise the ECEC sector for the country’s growth.

[Please find the full article here: http://www.beritadaily.com/news/2016-07-23/47144/longterm-benefits-to-good-early-childhood-education]

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From that quote above, ada pernah terfikir that one day our lovely land could offer such privilege to our children for a better tomorrow?

So that each and every single children born in Malaysia including the origins (orang Asli), those who live in the rural area, the poor, the underprivileged, the special needs …. could be able to attend schools, and learn like those who afford to and capable of getting the best education benefits for them?!

… if only this area is been taken necessary actions, empowered and applied to our education system, then I will be more than happy to say Permata has done more than it should.

Free ECEC, sounds a little bit impossible .. it seems. For now. In the country.

Betul?

But it’s going to be really MAJOR sebab that free ECEC for kids 3 years above sebenarnya adalah terpaling damba diwujudkan dalam negara kita, untuk setiap seorang anak itu. Kenapa? Sebab-sebab berikut:

  1. Tidak semua ibu bapa itu ‘celik’ atau secara kasarnya prihatin enough that 3 years and above are such critical years for a child’s growth and development, physically, mentally & emotionally. Ada penekanan perkataan di situ, tolong fahamkan maksudnya secara total.
  2. Dari sudut kesediaan untuk melabur (what more financially-ready) terhadap pendidikan anak-anak di peringkat usia kritikal (bawah 4 tahun, in general even) terlalu dipandang ringan. Not all, but most of them. Setuju? Ini belum diambil kira soal kemampuan ibu bapa secara kewangan ya.
  3. Ini belum lagi soal cara pemikiran atau tahap intelektualiti pasangan ibu bapa (or any of them) dalam menerima segala bentuk perubahan anjakan paradigma dalam sistem pendidikan sedia ada. Bahasa mudahnya; (Situasi 1) “We need to expose him with those flash cards/books, not only toys, clay etc. They need to learn so that he’ll catch up with the rest,”. (Situasi 2) “Why is this boy only play all day. Doesn’t he supposed to learn and get to speak few words by this age?” …. dan banyak lagi situasi lain yang sebenarnya pusing balik cerita, TIPIKAL sangatlah hai pemikiran begini kalau masih wujud lagi di zaman era hari ini.
  4. …. dan banyak lagi alasan-alasan enteng dan prejudis yang tidak pernah berkesudahan kalau Abby dah mula buka cerita bahahahahaha.

Tipikal tentang umur, jantina, keupayaan yang pelbagai (multiple intelligences) dan judgemental bahawa ‘budak pandai baca buku sahaja boleh ‘hidup’ atas dunia ini!’ sebenarnya sudah terlalu basi untuk dijadikan bahan debat hari ini.

Kena belajar buka tingkap sedikit, tuan puan. Anda beruntung punya anak cukup sifat, dan bukan dalam kategori ‘special needs’. Anda tahu apa pula cabarannya kalau dikurniakan ‘permata’ bernilai begitu? MasyaAllah. Seronok! Ambillah tahu.

Again, ECEC isn’t just the world for kids to explore for free, but also for them to value life for their own secured future.

Mereka perlu bersedia secara fizikal, mental dan teramat penting, secara EMOSInya jitu .. barulah they’re perfectly raised and ready to face whatever challenges upon them.

ECEC shouldn’t be a burden, but it should be the most treasured asset to a country.

Let’s hope and pray that one day, Malaysia can do what UK is doing now. In ECEC.

PERMATA dah OK. Cuma kena lebih OK, alright?

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Masih ingat post IG saya di atas? Curious about the ‘hazardous’ part? Let me write in short here:

  1. It was an international conference with good, excellent line of speakers and research presentations. But event management-wise, it was not properly arranged. Most probably, due to (too) many of Permata initiatives in one single conference. This year’s conference is somehow different from 2014 forum that concentrated only on Autism, SOLELY. That year was a GOOD one and more focus! This aspect highly needs attention by the organiser, so, please.
  2. Venue. Havoc. Messed up. I don’t really like the venue to ‘handle’ such big audience like this one.
  3. This time around, the First Lady of African countries were the VVIPs throughout the event. Didn’t really manage to get them to speak (for me to interview them either) because of communication barrier (the language somehow). Suatu kerugian sebenarnya cause we might know and get to know ECEC in their countries.
  4. Organiser; carca marba. Not media-friendly. Sorry.

Sekian,

#luahanrasadotfm #ibuprihatin

abbythejournalist

One Comment

  1. Ahah! thanks fr sharing on the hazardous part 😀

    Free ECE, hopefully one day. Voicing this out is one of the way to make it happen, so let’s!

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