THE HISTORY OF KUMON

Kumon is an afterschool program for reading and math that has over 4.5 million enrollments all over the world. It does not follow the normal school curriculum but follows the student’s pace. Kumon is an independent program, and the teachers help the students individually. The Kumon Center does not teach kids in a class. Otherwise, the students would find the class too easy and boring or too hard and challenging. There are many different levels in this program, and students progress when they have mastered them. Mastery is based on speed and accuracy. After they have finished, they take a … Continued

Kumon National Instructors Summit

EARLY YEARS CRITICAL IN BUILDING CHILD’S POTENTIAL

No child is born genius or gifted but rather that the early years is crucial for both brain and learning development to discover limitless potential in children.   According to Kumon Malaysia, the pre-school years are the most important development stage where children will begin to learn and experience within the environment and eventually develop critical life skills.   Celebrating its 60th Anniversary, Kumon Malaysia held its annual National Instructors Summit on 26 July, 2018.  At an expert roundtable session themed, “Limitless Potential in Kids: Truths vs Myths” which saw industry captains such as Datuk Dr Chiam Heng Keng, Founding … Continued

The Impact of Gadgets on Children

Electric appliances and gadgets has occupied a major position in our day-to-day lives, whether we like it or not. Though they were invented to make life better for us in the first place, it is an undeniable fact that many of the gadgets have a negative influence upon the quality of our lives in some ways. As we cannot live without them,  yet  they are a necessary evil.  However, the need to reduce the negative impact arising from their use is crucial especially in young children.   The usage of gadgets for various purposes and with most time spent in … Continued

Our Experience in conducting Challenges’ Buddy Programme

    By Celine Woon Sue Lin and Nur Alyaa binti Talat Mahmood, Department of English, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya   The time span of three weeks in conducting the volunteering programme in SK Taman Medan was indeed life changing to all of us from the football team. Despite the occasional conflicts in our team and the time constraints, we were able to overcome those challenges and ensure that our football activities with the children were successful. We were indeed honoured and grateful to be given a chance to be teach and play with these … Continued

Opportunities for disability sport partnership

  by Selina Khoo   It was an honour and privilege to be invited to speak at the BP CEO Dialogue Session 2018 on “Paralympic Movement & It’s Impact on Business” in Singapore. I was humbled to share the stage with Mr. Andrew Parsons, President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and Mr. Terry Yuen, Country President of BP Singapore. When Mr. Kevin Wong, President of the Singapore National Paralympic Committee, approached me to share my research at the Dialogue, there was no way I could say no. The aim of the Dialogue was to provide opportunities for Singapore-based companies … Continued

The Importance of Sports in Disability

By Michele Ho Yeen Ping and Safwah binti Abdul Razak, Department of English, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya   Sports is an activity that comes in different forms which brings a lot of benefits to our body, both mentally and physically. For example, football, basketball, swimming, and badminton are sports played by individuals from different ages. Some of the benefits that we can obtain by participating in sports are improvement in academic and social skills, physical health benefits, boost self-esteem and reduce stress.   First and foremost, many parents think that joining sports will distract their … Continued

Employability Among People with Disabilities

  By Nik Nur Athirah binti Nik and Azra Khalisa binti Azhar, Department of English, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya   Malaysia is one of the countries with a very low percentage of disabled workers. The rate of employment of People With Disabilities (PWDs) in companies here is less than one percent. Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun said the number of PWDs employed by the public sector is very small at 0.23%. Likewise, private sectors have the same proximity of percentage of PWDs as employees. Currently, the government is … Continued

Challenges Buddy College Project 1 English Drama, April 2018

Reflections on Challenges Buddy College Programme is a series of self evaluation and sharing by the youth who participated in disability advocacy activities with Challenges Foundation. In this compilation, we share the thoughts of three youth namely Aimi Aqilah, Sabrina Amin and Nadhrah Athirah binti Johan,  who  participated in a social engagement project under Challenges Foundation in April 2018.   My Reflections By Aimi Aqilah, 20 The night before the first session with the special students of SMK Bandar Sunway was nerve-wrecking. I was so nervous to meet the students mainly because it was the first ever session with them, Therefore, … Continued