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For children with special needs: CompAsia CEO Julius Lim presenting a refurbished computer to SK (Lelaki) Jalan Batu principal Jamaludin Mohd Hashim for its newly set-up Buddy Club.
IT was a fun affair when Buddy Club’s participating teachers and volunteer coaches gathered to bond, network and share ideas for the club’s next programme.
The ‘Buddy Club Programme’ allows special needs pupils to interact socially with other pupils through football.
The aim is to provide opportunities for pupils with disabilities to interact with others.
The Buddy Club Programme is is jointly organised by the Education Ministry, the Performance Management and Delivery Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department (Pemandu) and Challenges magazine,
“We are more than just a unique buddy club programme that is based on friendship. All our Club Buddies are allowed to achieve their full potential just like everyone else.
“The club allows equal access and opportunity for these children to participate and compete to their greatest ability or potential, from school competitions right up to the National League,” said Buddy Club Programme co-organiser and publisher of Challenges Mary Chen.
“SK Jalan Batu Kuala Lumpur was the first school to implement the Buddy Club Programme and are now eager to participate in our weekly football sessions.
“We are glad that our special needs pupils are able to play together in a socially-inclusive environment, allowing them to enrich their experience and achieve their full potential in the game while at the same time boosting their physical well-being,” said the school’s programme coordinator Rosnah Datuk Saleh.
Ten Government schools with ‘Special Education Integrated Programmes’ have been selected to participate in the Buddy Club Programme.
They are SK (Lelaki) Jalan Batu KL, SK Taman Tun Dr Ismail 2, SJK (C) Sam Yoke, SJK (T) Jalan Fletcher, SK Taman Maluri, SK Polis Depot, SM Bandar Sunway, SM SS17 Subang Jaya, SM Seri Ampang and SM Seksyen 5 Wangsa Maju.
“Under this pilot project, the Buddy Club Programme will be implemented as a co-curricular programme for pupils to help shape and enhance their overall educational experience.
“We hope to expand the Buddy programme to tertiary institutions such as colleges and universities,” said Chen.
CompAsia, Buddy Club’s event partner, has also contributed refurbished computers to equip the 10 Buddy Clubs implemented at the 10 participating schools.
Launched recently, it is supported by SK (Lelaki) Jalan Batu, Football Association of Malaysia, Parent-Teacher Association, MyScreen, CompAsia, University of Malaya’s Research team and Sports Centre including volunteer coach trainer, Paul Baltensperger.
To become a Buddy Club member, call 03-7887 5747 or email email@example.com
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