NEW YORK: Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor added another feather to her cap for a subject close to her heart when she received an award for her contributions to early childhood education and development in Malaysia.
After only a few years since its establishment, the Permata programme she spearheads is already getting the recognition it deserves from other countries.
The Prime Minister’s wife received the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Hero Award during the launch of the Global STEM Alliance at the United Nations headquarters here on Monday.
Rosmah, who was accompanied by some of the Permata students on the two-week educational visit here, credited everyone involved in Permata.
“It is unexpected really,” she said. “It is an award not just for me, but for everyone involved,” she told the media here.
“This is a step towards Malaysia producing great scientists and perhaps, future Nobel laureates.”
The Hero award was presented by the Chancellor of State University of New York Dr Nancy Zimpher and witnessed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and their daughter Nooryana Najwa.
Asked if her husband had anything to say of her receiving the award, Rosmah smiled and disclosed: “Congratulations, I am proud of you.”
The Global STEM Alliance is designed to connect students through a collaborative digital platform and social learning network.