“Keep Calm and Be a Carer” Almost a quarter of century ago, I returned to Malaysia after 11 years of studying and working in the US. Returning into traditional Malay culture, a close knit family provided me the support system for my young children and aging parents. Therefore, against this backdrop my story as a sandwich carer unfolds and highlights the turning points of my special child and my elderly mother. When my children were growing up, my mother and in-laws would often come to the house and spend time taking care of them. However, my mother noticed that … Continued
Adults play a pivotal role in protecting children. It doesn’t matter if it is our biological child or not. Teachers are responsible of their students, day care centres are responsible of their children and the list goes on. In short, we as a society are responsible for the children in our community. If we see a child in trouble, we rush to help the child as quickly as we can. Yes? No? Ideally Yes, however in reality we do not do so effectively enough resulting in 3800 over cases of child abuse reported just last year. In fact, one of … Continued
Allianz Malaysia held a road safety advocacy campaign at Sekolah Sri Bestari, Selangor today. The campaign is part of the Company’s efforts to introduce road safety awareness among the general public, including students. CEO of Allianz Malaysia Berhad, Zakri Khir said, “Schools are among our focus areas this year, in addition to regular campaigns. In collaboration with Jabatan Keselamatan Jalan Raya (JKJR), we were holding regular campaigns since July 2011. More than 440 Allianz employees are involved in holding 140 campaigns nation wide until now. These employees are trained by JKJR as Road Safety Ambassadors.” The Campaign The campaign started … Continued
Christian Choong, 15 , was roped into a volunteering programme during his recent school break and spent his summer holidays helping out at a centre for special needs children. He shares his experience with Challenges readers. Summer holiday started in June and I was about to enjoy three months of doing what all 15 year old kids would want to do – nothing! Until, to my horror, my mom said she had signed me up to volunteer work. Volunteering? No ……! Center for Special Kids So I started work at a centre in Petaling Jyaya for kids with special … Continued
Education – College Beat Selina Ooi works as a Multimedia Engineer in the Information System (IS) Department, KDU College. She shares her story with Challenges readers here.two years ago. It is always challenging for a deaf or hearing impaired person to communicate with other people. But it made my day when my employer and colleagues showed interest in learning sign language so that they could communicate with me. When I joined office, my immediate boss prepared a sign language class for my colleagues so that I could share my experiences and teach them sign language. After a few months, they … Continued
The digital medium dominates conversation these days. Most of the talk is positive, some of it is destructive. The one subject you hear expressed the most, is how technology advances, fast. Some people stood on the wayside in our society’s path towards a digital economy. It’s not a great view from where these people stood; it seemed all the fun belonged to a younger generation. Is technology accessible to you only if you grew up with it? Uncharted territory is overwhelming for sure, but lets start with a simple quote. “One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose … Continued
Treat Every Environment Special (TrEES) together with Procter & Gamble Malaysia (P&G) launched the Pahlawan Planet campaign today. A campaign for secondary schools, Pahlawan Planet is designed to educate, cultivate and reinforce a culture of caring for the environment by embracing the 4Rs (Rethink, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle). Through home-to-school recycling projects as well as outreach activities, students will advocate that caring for the environment begins with themselves, for themselves. “Following the Government’s move to mandate separation of recyclables last year, the Pahlawan Planet campaign provides students with the opportunity to go beyond the classroom and be the … Continued
Identity theft may be equally devastating than a physical robbery where tangible possessions are lost in the act. Malaysians are increasingly vulnerable to identity theft as internet savvy citizens are making more purchases and transactions online. This trend is tempting ground for identity thieves. Check Your Credit Report Before It’s Too Late Ms Dawn Lai, CEO of RAM Credit Information Sdn Bhd (RAMCI) advised consumers, “There are several steps one can take to keep an eye on their credit transactions and ensure there is no identity theft. Checking your credit card bill for suspicious transactions is a good practice. Beyond … Continued
Homeschooling techniques for children with autism does not have to be staid, boring and stale. It can be as lively, colourful and fun as you can make it. Here’s how.
Every individual is unique and a ‘good education’ is a broad definition at best. What if you’re raising a child with autism? If you think results of mainstream education is not favourable, homeschooling might be a solution.