Largest education fair for children


MALAYSIA'S largest children’s education fair is back! Smart Kids 2006 is up and running again with the theme Our World, A Celebration, set in conjunction with their fifth anniversary.  

Children and their parents can expect a wide array of exciting, educational-based activities during the upcoming three-day fair as well as a host of products on sale. 

“A ‘smart’ child is not just smart in studies but should be smart in different areas as well,” said Smart Kids 2006 organisers Expomal International managing director Chan Luck Seh. 

“As parents, we should encourage our children to explore their potential and help them develop their interests,” he added. 

Visitors at the fair can look forward to exhibits on diverse fields which appeal to children, such as art, IT, dance, music, languages and sports. 

Children and their parents participating in an activity at the Smart Kids’ Education Fair last year. — Filepic

There will also be exhibitions by dental care providers, dieticians, and health and nutritional product providers.  

Smart Kids will also be featuring the country's first Education Enrollment Pool (EEP) where over 20 child education providers will be on hand to handle inquiries pertaining to various educational classes and programmes. 

EEP was developed to cater to the needs of today's busy parents, many of whom lack time to search for centres offering quality education for their children.  

“As a father, I know the importance of choosing the right school for my child.  

“Unfortunately, many families these days are made up of two working parents who may lack the time and energy to go from school to school, inquiring about the different programmes and services offered.  

“EEP helps parents make informed choices after they have spoken to representatives from all the schools they are interested in,” said Chan. 

Institutions and companies that will be represented at EEP include Education Ventures, Kumon, Bao Bei Reading Wonderland, Innertalk and Sekolah Sri Sedaya.  

All the exhibitors will be offering special packages and promotions for parents who sign up at the fair.  

As a bonus, parents who enrol their children through EEP will automatically be in the running for the lucky draw prize worth RM1,000, which includes a set of encyclopaedias. 

“This goes back to the basics of providing a firm foundation for higher learning,” Chan said. 

Special children are not left out either. There will be a special exhibition called Special Kids, Special Needs, held in cooperation with the Education Ministry’s special education department, for visitors to learn about the challenges faced by these children.  

The public can also find out how these children are taught study and sports skills to help them live life to the fullest.  

One of the activities at the fair for special children is the Take up the blind challenge, which is a football game where blind children are pitted against their opponents who will be blindfolded. 

The fair will also attempt to enter the Malaysian Book of Records by getting 1,000 children to paint on stones to create the largest stone art collage. Smart Kids 2006 will be held from March 31 to April 2 at Putra World Trade Centre. Tickets are priced at RM3 for adults while visitors under the age of 16 enjoy free admission.  

For more information, visit www.smartkids.com.my  

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