MIRI: More parents of handicapped children are sending their children for education and physical therapy, which is a healthy sign these children are not being isolated said Assistant Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Rosey Yunus.
“Gone are the days when special children were hidden away and deprived of opportunities,” said Rosey during the closing of the Northern Zone Early Intervention for Special Children Workshop at Mega Hotel.
In regards to the workshop, Rosey said it served as a platform for teachers to network with each other.
“The sharing of experience and knowledge is very helpful.
“Different things may happen in different centres, teachers may come across similar cases and learn from each other the most effective way of handling things,” she said.
Rosey urged participating teachers to adopt and adapt what learn throughout the workshop and apply it at their respective centres.
She ended her speech by conveying her appreciation to teachers from 10 Community Rehabilitation Centre (PDK) centres across northern Sarawak for their hard work and commitment.
“It is not easy to take care of special children as teachers are met with various challenges.
“It is essentially a job that must be done from the heart,” she said.
The workshop lasted for three days with the main objective of increasing the capabilities of PDK teachers in their daily responsibilities in addition to ensuring that teachers have a wholesome understanding of the PDK programme as well the welfare department’s mission and vision.
The centres involved in the workshop were PDK Miri, PDK Bintulu, PDK Limbang, PDK Sunflower, PDK Lawas, PDK Batu Niah, PDK Morsjaya, PDK Eda Beran, PDK Gemilang, PDK Sinaran Kasih.
Participants were given training on various topics relevant to the care of special children by industry professionals.
There was also a ‘Best Teaching Tool’ contest PDK Lawas was announced the winner followed by PDK Sunflower in second place and PDK Batu Niah in third place.
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