Meningkatkan kesedaran kepentingan minum susu

ARKIB : 29 Oktober 2012, Isnin

BAGI meningkatkan kesedaran di kalangan murid mengenai kepentingan pengambilan susu untuk tumbesaran kesihatan, syarikat pengeluar produk tenusu terkemuka, Dutch Lady Milk Industries Berhad (Dutch Lady Malaysia) komited menggerakkan program pendidikan susu khusus buat golongan tersebut dari semasa ke semasa.

Menurut Pengurus Hal Ehwal Dutch Lady Malaysia, Mohd. Afizi Mohd. Ross, usaha itu bertujuan menyebarkan khasiat kebaikan susu dan mengajar murid mengenai cara-cara pengambilan susu yang betul.

”Kami mengambil kesempatan mengunjungi 24 buah sekolah rendah di negeri Pulau Pinang, Selangor dan Melaka untuk berinteraksi dengan 19,000 kanak-kanak sekolah rendah, serta guru-guru mereka tentang khasiat kebaikan susu.

“Program ini merupakan sebahagian komponen pendidikan asas bagi ‘Program Susu Sekolah 1Malaysia’ (PS1M) yang telah dijalankan di seluruh negara”, katanya.

Melalui kempen itu, katanya, murid dan guru diberikan pelbagai informasi dan maklumat kesihatan yang diperlukan oleh badan, tulang serta perkembangan otak.

Di samping itu, program interaktif kepentingan pelbagai khasiat susu serta cara pengambilan susu yang betul turut dianjurkan.

“Kita amat menekankan tentang kepentingan mengambil sarapan pagi dan elakkan meminum susu dengan perut yang kosong.

“Pada masa yang sama, kita menerangkan tentang apa itu ‘intoleransi laktosa’ dan menekankan aspek kebersihan diri khususnya membasuh tangan sebelum minum susu.

“Kami juga menasihati murid agar segera menghabiskan susu yang telah dibuka dan menerangkan maklumat mengenal pasti pek susu yang elok untuk diminum,” jelasnya.

Pada tahun ini, PS1M melibatkan lebih 1.4 juta murid dari 7,600 buah sekolah rendah di seluruh negara dengan edaran sebanyak 90.16 juta pek susu sekolah 1Malaysia berperisa coklat.

Terdapat empat pembekal susu sekolah 1 Malaysia yang terlibat dalam program PS1M meliputi negeri-negeri Wilayah Persekutuan, Putrajaya, Selangor, Pulau Pinang dan Melaka.

Pasukan PS1M, pakar pemakanan dan pasukan sukarelawan ‘Blue Brigade’ daripada Dutch Lady Malaysia telah memulakan lawatan ke sembilan sekolah mambabitkan lebih 7,000 orang murid di Pulau Pinang dan Seberang Prai.

Sebelum tamat sesi persekolahan bagi tahun ini, pasukan dari Dutch Lady Malaysia akan turun ke 15 buah sekolah lagi di Selangor dan Melaka dengan penglibatan seramai 11,000 orang pelajar.

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Study warns of negative impact of TV, gadgets

29 October 2012 | last updated at 12:48AM

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SETTING LIMITS: Overexposure could lead to developmental problems in children

KUALA LUMPUR: PARENTS who expose their children to too much television and information technology (IT)  gadgets may be putting their child’s mental development at risk, especially those below the age of 3.

President of Early Childcare and Education Council (ECCE Council) Prof Datuk Dr Chiam Heng Keng said television should never be used as “babysitters” or “educational” tools.

“Scientific studies by neuroscientists have shown that for 100 billion neurons (brain cells) to be wired to form neural paths, a young child needs to interact with human beings and things in their environment.

“In other words, for the brain of children 3 years and below to develop, interaction with people and real things are required.”

Dr Chiam said no interactions occur when young children watch TV and play with gadgets, even though they may be entertained.

A review on the effects of television on infants in an influential medical journal, Archives of Diseases, urged the British government to set limits on the amount of time children are allowed to watch television.

Psychologist Dr Aric Sigman, who wrote the review, said that negative effects on their health kicked in after about two hours of sitting still, with increased long-term risks of obesity and heart problems.

“The critical time for brain growth is the first three years of life. That is when babies and small children need to interact with their parents, eye-to-eye, and not with a screen,” said Dr Sigman, as quoted in British-based newsportal, the Guardian.

Echoing the views of Dr Sigman and doctors from the British Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Dr Chiam said children needed to be active as movement was crucial for them to develop physically.

“A child’s physical agility has significant impact on their mental agility. Interaction with their environment develops many aspects (spatial ability, creativity and problem solving).”

Often, children exposed to television and gadgets early in life tend to get addicted to it. Dr Chiam said that in quite a number of cases, children could also become socially isolated.

“They are so glued to the television or addicted to a computer/iPad that they do not socialise, even with their families. They rush through their meals so that they can get back to the computer.”

Dr Chiam said in Malaysia, the issue had not received the attention it deserved, especially from parents who still used television and gadgets to keep their children occupied. “Implementing guidelines on television exposure for children can be tricky in Malaysia as no research has been done on the topic.”

The Welfare Department under the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry said it was imperative that the issue be studied.

Its Senior Assistant Director (children affairs) Mumtaj Begum Mohd Sultan said that the department, through their Planning and Development Division could facilitate research with local universities.

“The department will be able to make plans for such research to be conducted in the near future.

“This issue has to be discussed thoroughly as it is a multi-sectoral responsibility involving the government sector as well as the social sector, especially parents.”

Kerajaan perlu bina sekolah pendidikan khas autistik

25 Oktober 2012, Khamis

KOTA KINABALU 24 Okt. – Kerajaan negeri diminta menubuhkan sekolah pendidikan khas untuk kanak-kanak autistik di negeri ini bagi membantu golongan berkenaan mendapat pendidikan yang sempurna.

Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Tanjung Batu, Datuk Hamisa Samat berkata, pembinaan segera perlu dilakukan memandangkan jumlah penghidap autisme semakin meningkat dengan anggaran satu daripada 600 kanak-kanak adalah pengidap autisme.

“Statistik terkini menunjukkan kira-kira 47,000 daripada jumlah penduduk negara adalah pengidap autisme.

“Jadi kita meminta Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat melalui Kementerian Pembangunan Masyarakat dan Hal Ehwal Pengguna dapat memainkan peranan lebih aktif dalam usaha mewujudkan sekolah-sekolah khas ini termasuk di bandar-bandar kecil di Sabah,” katanya dalam perbahasan sidang Dewan Undangan Negeri Sabah ke-13 di sini hari ini.

Tegas Hamisa, kanak-kanak autisme tidak lagi boleh diberikan pendidikan yang sama dengan kanak-kanak biasa bagi memastikan mereka tidak terus ketinggalan dalam pelajaran.

Katanya, melalui kaedah pembelajaran yang sesuai, kanak-kanak berkenaan diyakini dapat mengembangkan minat, bakat dan kemahiran mereka seterusnya menjalani kehidupan yang baik.

“Dilaporkan golongan kanak-kanak autisme ini berkeupayaan dan lebih mudah memahami selain mampu berinteraksi dengan baik menerusi kaedah pembelajaran muzik, nyanyian dan tarian,” katanya.

Dalam pada itu beliau berharap, kerajaan turut membuka taska Orang Kurang Upaya (OKU) di kawasan bandar-bandar kecil di negeri ini.

Ujarnya, selain dapat memberikan penjagaan rapi kepada golongan ini, inisiatif itu juga dapat membantu penjaga terbabit menumpukan kepada pekerjaan.

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Pelajar mati ditumbuk

25 Oktober 2012, Khamis

ALOR GAJAH 24 Okt. – Perang mulut yang tercetus antara dua pelajar sekolah berakhir dengan salah seorang daripada mereka mati akibat ditumbuk dalam pergaduhan di Perhentian Bas Pulau Sebang di sini hari ini.

Dalam kejadian pukul 2.30 petang itu, mangsa, K. Saravanan, 14, pelajar Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Pulau Sebang maut selepas ditumbuk beberapa kali sebelum terjatuh dan tidak sedarkan diri.

Ketua Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah negeri, Asisten Komisioner Raja Shahrom Raja Abdullah berkata, pergaduhan itu berpunca daripada perang mulut yang berlaku awal pagi ini ketika kedua-dua mereka menaiki bas untuk ke sekolah.

“Dua suspek yang juga berusia 14 tahun merupakan pelajar di SMK Sultan Mansor Shah yang terletak bersebelahan sekolah mangsa.

“Perang mulut itu bagaimanapun berlarutan sehingga tamat waktu sekolah apabila ketiga-tiga pelajar terbabit menunggu bas di tingkat satu perhentian bas itu.

“Berlaku pertelingkahan dan cabar mencabar antara satu sama lain dan ketika itu mangsa ditumbuk oleh suspek pertama sebelum seorang lagi suspek turut melakukan perbuatan serupa,” katanya dalam sidang akhbar di Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah (IPD) di sini lewat petang ini.

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Fatimah: We need doctors to help us discover dyslexia in young children

Monday October 22, 2012
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By RINTOS MAIL
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KUCHING: Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah is worried for the future of “some” children out there having dyslexia or dyslexia-related disorders, but are not identified yet.

She said Sarawak certainly needed doctors who could recognise dyslexia at an early age to reduce such instances.

According to her, it was an accepted fact that dyslexia was a challenging condition to diagnose, treat or even define.

She said while the state, through the Sarawak Dyslexia Association (SDA), had reached out to the teachers’ training colleges to train some teachers to recognise dyslexia and how to remediate dyslexia at an early age, there was still a need to obtain doctors’ services, especially in the rural areas.

“The challenge for us now is to work with the medical department to provide doctors who can detect children with dyslexia, not just in towns but also in small rural clinics.

“We need to prepare ourselves for the next step so that we can help more children with dyslexia to fulfil their life’s potential,” she said at the SDA charity dinner here Saturday.

Fatimah, who is SDA advisor, said without identification and proven intervention, all children with reading difficulties early on would still struggle with reading when they became adults.

The charity dinner was to raise funds for building a Dyslexia Learning and Resource Centre on a piece of land in Batu Kawa given by the state government.

The centre will have classrooms, a resource centre and hostel for children and their families from outside Kuching.

SDA has also appealed for a bigger piece of land to set up a vocational centre for young adults with learning disabilities.

Currently, there are about 130 children registered with SDA.

Teachers get training on a new topic

Sunday October 21, 2012
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AN AWARENESS programme on human trafficking and migrant smuggling initiated in February has trained 350 teachers so far.

In view of the numerous cases of human trafficking involving women, schoolgoing children and teens, it was only apt that teachers were invited as participants to attend such training.

The organisers — the National Council of Women’s Organisations Malaysia (NCWO) and education authorities were keen that teachers be trained simply because of the number of young people who were becoming targets and being lured into such activities.

The council’s deputy head Datuk Faridah Khalid said the objective of the organsisers was to ensure that every secondary school in the country would have at least one teacher to expound the message effectively.

Teachers must ensure that their students were properly informed of the dangers and the consequences when they become victims or get involved.

“Seventy percent of human trafficking cases involved women and those below 18 years, hence the reason for targeting teachers,” she said at the launch of the state-level Anti-Human Trafficking and Anti-Migrant Smuggling awareness campaign in Penang. recently.

“There were 1,296 number of victims who were rescued and given permanent protection in shelters,” she said. — Bernama

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LINUS programme to detect dyslexia symptoms

Monday October 8, 2012

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KUCHING: The Education Ministry, through the Literacy and Numeracy Screening (LINUS) programme, has established an early detection ground for dyslexic students to ensure help is provided at an early stage.

All Year 1 to Year 3 students have to undergo a LINUS test to determine their level of competency in reading, writing and arithmetic (3R).

The Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah has shared that this system is trusted to be able to provide an early detection of children with dyslexia symptoms so they can be provided with special education to help them cope with their education needs.

“More public awareness needs to be created to help children with dyslexia in this state.

“They are intelligent but they sometimes find it hard to communicate or have problems with spelling.

“At times, our children are immediately accused of being slow, lazy and frequently punished in school because they fail to master reading and spelling.

“This is down to the teachers not being able to detect that those children may be troubled by dyslexia,” she said during a visit to the Dyslexia Association of Sarawak (DASwk) at their office.

In light of the situation, Fatimah has requested DASwk to step up efforts to create awareness and understanding among the society on dyslexia.

Online rehabilitation efforts should also be introduced to guide parents and teachers to assist children with dyslexia.

Awareness and information on rehabilitation should be shared with teachers in schools and parents who have children experiencing dyslexia,” she said.

However, Fatimah said that children with dyslexia are not categorised as disabled because they are not physically handicapped but experiencing delay in processing images and understanding visuals.

According to her, children in Sarawak with symptoms of dyslexia are advised to get a proper diagnosis at Klinik Jawa, Jalan P. Ramlee before undergoing any rehabilitation efforts recommended by DASwk.

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NUTP lauds move to recruit teachers as PVRs

Friday October 5, 2012

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PETALING JAYA: The Royal Malaysia Police’s (PDRM) idea to take in teachers as Police Volunteer Reserve (PVR) is a good move, said National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) president Hashim Adnan.

He said teachers willing to help protect their community and school as PVRs should be allowed to do so.

“Teachers should also not be forced to take part,” he said, adding that many teachers were already part of military and navy reserve units such as the Askar Wataniah (Territorial Army).

“Once they become PVR members, they should also shoulder the burden of improving discipline among students.”

He added that PVR teachers should also be included in their schools’ safety action committee.

“They will doing a service to both the PDRM and Education Ministry,” Hashim added.

He noted that information-sharing between local police departments and schools would be good, as these PVRs would have access to school discipline records which could be compiled into a database.

“I suggest that every school has at least one PVR. They should be given the rank of an officer,” said Hashim.

He added that although having teachers as PVRs was good, the PDRM must be aware that even after working hours, teachers were bogged down with other duties.

“If you expect them to be in uniform right after school ends to provide police presence or direct traffic, then it would be difficult,” he said.

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Five nine-year-old ‘gangsters’ attack classmate

Thursday October 4, 2012

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JUST nine years old, five schoolboys acted like seasoned gangsters and attacked another young pupil and threatened to kill him, Harian Metro reported.

The bullies, said to be Year Three pupils of a primary school in Petaling Jaya, reportedly choked a classmate with a belt and repeatedly hit him with shoes and rulers.

They threatened to kill him and dump him in a jungle, the paper said, adding that the reason for bullying the boy was simply because they did not like the victim.

A police source told the paper that the 1.30pm incident occurred after the bullies cornered their victim in the classroom. The victim later related the incident to his parents, who lodged a report at the Sungai Buloh police station.

Preschools for special children welcomed

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PILOT PROJECT: Government urged to provide qualified teachers for Taska OKU

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KUALA LUMPUR: THE government’s move to create better education opportunities and encourage the disabled towards self-sufficiency was realised with the introduction of Taska OKU (Orang Kurang Upaya) in the 2013 Budget.
Malaysian Council for Child Welfare vice-president Datuk Dr Raj Abdul Karim was gratified when Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced the setting up of preschools for mentally and physically challenged children, starting next year.
“This effort is welcomed by all, especially those from the special needs community,” she said.
Najib, who is also finance minister, had announced in the Budget last Friday that the government would implement a pilot project called Taska OKU for six categories of disability — Down’s syndrome, autism, blind or partially sighted, hearing and speaking disabilities, physical disability and learning difficulties.
Dr Raj said the effort must also look into a special teaching syllabus for various disabilities.
“The Education Ministry must also work hand in hand with the Health Ministry to produce qualified teachers who can attend to the needs of the children.
“Therefore, there should be adequate capacity building, monitoring and training for these teachers.”
National Parent-Teacher Association president Datuk Mohd Ali Hassan said these kindergartens should also be built in rural areas.
“The urban dwellers already have many facilities. The ones who are always left out of development are the people in the rural areas.”
He said this effort would give the disabled a new lease of life, becoming productive individuals to aid the country’s growth.
Damai Disabled Persons Association of Selangor and Federal Territory president Murugeswaran Veerasamy said special needs children would be an asset to the country if they were given the right guidance and encouragement.
“A kindergarten for disabled children is definitely a start for them to reach greater heights and the government’s acknowledgement of this is lauded.”
Murugeswaran said education was the only way for these children to build a brighter future for themselves in this challenging world.
“I hope the government will also look into extending this effort to the primary, secondary and tertiary level for these students.”

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