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Friday May 23, 2008

Plan to bring out the best in gifted kids

PUTRAJAYA: A working paper on how to bring the best out of a gifted child is being drawn up by experts to introduce a special education programme to suit the needs of such children.

The working paper, among others, will provide guidelines on how to optimise the skills and “gifts” these children possess and at the same time ensure their balanced growth to become wholesome individuals.

The idea for a special education programme for Malaysia’s little geniuses is the brainchild of Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor who has played an active and crucial role in promoting education, particularly early learning.

Special visitors: Rosmah chatting with some of the 15 gifted children at Sri Satria, the Deputy Prime Minister’s official residence in Putrajaya, yesterday.

Rosmah, the wife of Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, has been working closely with several university lecturers, child psychologists and senior officials from the Education Ministry to formulate the working paper which would later be submitted to the Government.

“Mind you, there are quite a handful of them in the country and we would like to help them use their ability in the right way, ” she said Thursday at a tea gathering with members of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGCM).

NAGCM president Zuhairah Ali said Rosmah’s effort could be the “answer to the association’s prayers for guidance and assistance.”

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