Permata International Conference 2016 An Integrated, Holistic Meeting - Rosmah

BERNAMA, 21 April

PUTRAJAYA, April 21 (Bernama)—The Permata Programmes are to hold the Permata International Conference 2016 from May 31 to June 2 at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur, for the first time combining all the seven areas of the programmes.

Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, wife of the Prime Minister, said the conference would serve as a platform to share the good practices and initiatives of the seven programmes - Permata Negara, Permata Pintar, Permata Seni, Permata Insan, Permata Kurnia, Perkasa Remaja and Permata Children’s Hospital.

“Previously, every international conference was organised separately according to their respective areas. This year, Permata will hold a more integrated and holistic conference to provide higher impact,” she said at the soft launch of the conference here Thursday.

Rosmah, who is patron of the Permata Programmes, said the conference, with the theme ‘Children beyond Tomorrow’, would be opened by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

She said the theme was in line with the implementation of the Permata Programmes that developed a strong foundation in the care and education of children at an early age to prepare them to face a more challenging future.

Rosmah said the conference would also emphasise the importance of quality education and intervention for children and youngsters across the age groups, besides fostering public awareness and enhanced understanding of the optimal development of children.

The conference would include a plenary session that would illustrate the seven Permata programmes, and this would be followed by concurrent sessions and workshops to provide participants the opportunity to choose topics according to their interests, she said.

It would also have a high-level forum that would highlight the speeches of the first ladies attending the meeting, she said.

She said that so far several first ladies, including from Nigeria, Gambia and Albania, had confirmed their attendance.

“We have sent invitations to 42 first ladies, but they will usually confirm attendance two weeks before the event, and we hope many more will attend,” she said.

Rosmah said 15 prominent speakers from abroad and 33 local speakers would share their expertise and experience, among them Prof Edward Melhuish of the Universiti of Oxford, Prof Francoys Gagne of Canada, Prof Manjula Waniganayake and Prof Dr Johanna Wyn of Australia, Prof Dr Carol June Maker, Prof Dr Pamela Wolfberg and Dr LaMarr Darnell Shields of the United States and Prof Dr Siti Chairani Prohoeman of Indonesia.

In conjunction with the conference, Permata would hold an exhibition to portray the uniqueness of the programmes, including in terms of implementation and success, she said.

She said that between 1,200 and 1,500 participants from Malaysia and abroad were expected to be involved in the conference, and that 986 have registered so far.

Elaborating on the implementation of the Permata Programmes over the past 10 years, Rosmah said that so far almost 750 Anak Permata Negara centres for children aged four and below had been established in the country, mainly in the rural areas to provide access to quality childhood education.

“As for Permata Pintar and Permata Insan, participation is through online tests, and the response has been very encouraging, with almost 250,000 children aged eight and above taking the tests annually.

“The Permata Seni and Perkasa Remaja programmes have been established thus far in the Klang Valley and we will consider how to expand the programme, as is also the case with Permata Kurnia,” she said.

PERMATA Negara is under and managed by PERMATA Division, Prime Minister’s Department.

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