100 childcare centres to come under ‘Tabika 21’ project

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 27 Aug 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: One hundred childcare centres have been identified for this year’s Tabika 21 project under the National Unity and Social Development Ministry. 

The project, implemented in 10 childcare centres in Penang, Selangor, Pahang, Kedah and Perak under a pilot project last year, involves the retraining of teachers in the use of information technology (IT) and English to make them more proficient and confident in the teaching of these two subjects. 

National Unity and Social Development Minister Datuk Dr Siti Zaharah Sulaiman said that the costs of the project this year was around RM3mil.  

“The project will be carried out in stages. We will eventually revamp all the tabika in the country,” she said during a press conference at the National Library. 

On the call to encourage employers to make their workplaces more women-friendly, Dr Siti Zaharah said that her ministry had not made it compulsory for employers to do so. 

However, she said they should take the initiative so that their women employees could be more productive given a more conducive environment. 

The minister suggested IT as one of the means of making the workplace more women-friendly. 

She said that IT allowed working mothers to work from home at more flexible hours, adding that if they were able to produce results this way, employers should support them. 

Dr Siti Zaharah was at the National Library yesterday to launch the Citra Wanita Unggul exhibition and a directory of Malaysian women’s websites compiled by the library. 

The exhibition, which highlights the achievements of Malaysian women, is being held from Aug 19 to Sept 12.  

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