IT WAS a shimmering “Arabian Night” for more than 100 franchisees of Smart Reader Worldwide Sdn Bhd as they celebrated a year of success with the early childhood education franchise.
The 18th annual Franchisee Awards Nite saw the grand ballroom of Royale Chulan, Kuala Lumpur transformed into a Marrakesh market with a dazzling display of colourful costumes and performances.
Serving to recognise the accomplishments of outstanding franchisees, the night’s event saw franchisees receiving the Gold Award, Platinum Award and Diamond Award alongside
the New Impressive Award and Emerging Franchisee of the Year Award.
The prestigious Franchisee of the Year Award went to Sharon Chang Seok Chyi of Smart Reader Kids Jalan Keretapi and Smart Reader Kids++ Jalan Rock, Kuching, Sarawak.
“I’m very proud that I made the right decision joining Smart Reader Worlwide as a franchisee.
“They offer a quality programme and I trust it as one of the best in Malaysia whereby I can nurture a lot of students for my community in Kuching,” Chang said.
As part of the pioneer batch, Chang was introduced to the programme when she joined the Smart Reader English teacher training over 17 years ago.
“We are the first franchisee centre in Sarawak, and we are also the first to set up the Smart Reader Kids++ centre in East Malaysia when we opened it five years ago,” she said.
Currently, the Smart Reader Kids Jalan Keretapi centre has 116 students while the Smart Reader Kids++ in Jalan Rock which serves as a daycare has 85 students. Gracing the award’s night were Smart Reader Worldwide chief executive officer Datuk Seri Dr Richard Ong, Smart Reader Worldwide group executive director Datin Seri Dr KH Wang, as well as the executive directors of Smart Reader Worldwide, Kevan Ong and Keefe Ong.
In his opening remarks, Ong commended on the lucky achievements of the company since it opened its first centre in 2000.
“The numerology number 18 resonates with adulthood, independence and building something of lasting benefit.
“Smart Reader Kids has now become the largest chain of child enrichment centres in Malaysia with 300 centres nationwide.”
Ong also attributed the success to the support of the franchisees.
“Quality preschools will always be in demand, as parents will never compromise on the importance of early childhood education.
“The successful franchisees we see today have managed to utilise our established, systematic and creative syllabus, and complement it with amazing facilities and materials to win over confidence of the public,” he added.
Today, the company has expanded its presence in over 150 countries worldwide including Australia, China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).