Taking his first step forward


Dedication pays off: Bala (left) congratulating Sehnjeev Kumar while his mother Maynicca looks on.

SEHNJEEV KUMAR’s dream to go to school has become a reality.

After spending a year at Taarana, a school initiated by the Vijayaratnam Foundation for children with special learning needs, the 10-year-old has gained admission to a national school.

Prior to joining Taarana, Sehnjeev was at a dyslexia centre but did not show much progress.

He is now attending classes at SK Taman Tun Dr Ismail 2 in Kuala Lumpur.

Besides Sehnjeev, two other students from Taarana — Kaviraj Segar, 10, and Lim Zi Xin, 11 — are also continuing their education at SK Taman Segar, Cheras and Havil International School, Kuala Lumpur respectively.

Taarana principal Bala Swaminathan said they were proud of the trio’s progress.

“By identifying dyslexia early, a child will get the help they need to reach their potential. At Taarana, we treat every child with dignity.

“This boosts their confidence and makes them feel accepted, thus enabling them to progress faster.

“We have no doubt that Sehnjeev, Kaviraj and Zi Xin will do well in mainstream schools as they are all talented and capable.

“They had gained a lot of self-confidence during the time they were with us and given opportunities to fulfil their potential.

“We create programmes based on the children’s individual needs which help them progress.

“Various activities and projects are organised within the framework of the regular classroom programme,” said Bala.

Taarana was set up in 2011 to provide assistance to children between the ages of three and 17, with physical, emotional or learning differences, and who find traditional academic settings challenging.

Other than its dedicated teachers, Taarana’s success is due to innovative strategies which include a personalised curriculum and timetable for students as well as a clinical therapy programme.

Taarana has 55 students and recently moved to its new premises at SS3/39, Petaling Jaya from its previous location in Taman OUG, Kuala Lumpur.

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