SIBU: It was a very low-key but meaningful event for the students of Destiny for Children (DFC) Centre when they celebrated Teachers Day and Parents Day all at once.
These poor children, 20 of them, had a fun time playing games and doing “ngajat” dances on Tuesday in front of their parents and teachers.
It was the first time that the centre organised the event for the children since its formation two years ago.
DFC was set up by retiree Tang Kiong Kin out of his concern for these children who have either dropped out of school or are not schooling.
According to the centre’s treasurer Ho Meng Nga, the children have undergone rehabilitation, so have improved both in their behaviour and study.
“The parents appreciate what we’ve done to their children. We instil good values in them. We teach them by injecting positive vibes instead of negative ones. In DFC, we do not beat the students when they do wrong. We use other ways of addressing their indiscipline,” she said.
The centre also encouraged parents and teachers to use positive words to each other to have positive impact on the children, she added.
“DFC’s teachers help the children to find their own dignity. They are never allowed to think they are useless. Teachers encourage them to build up their faith and hope.
“They may have dreams that they thought were impossible to realise. This is all because of their family background.
“Here at DFC we encourage them to dream all over again and provide them with a positive environment conducive to realising their dreams. We provide a more secure environment for growing and learning,” she said.
DFC now adopts the Montessori Method of Pre-School education to four- to six- year-olds, and two special lower primary classes for children of school-going age who have dropped out or never made it to school.
In the afternoon, DFC provides remedial education in Bahasa Malaysia, English and Mathematics for children in Primary 1-6.
For the two special classes, DFC hopes to get them to enter regular schools or some skill-based training in the near future.
“We had two children who dropped out of school last year. We found them and put them in the special class for few months. This year, we have sent them back to regular school. They still come back to DFC in the afternoon for after-school academic assistance,” she said.
Apart from teaching academic subjects the centre also provides nutritional meals (breakfast and lunch), health education, living skills input, audio and video educational materials, birthdays and festival celebrations.