Tuesday, November 30

Be supportive of informal school activities — Fatimah

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KUCHING: Parents are urged to give their support to informal activities held in schools of their children.

Minister of Welfare, Women and Family Development Datuk Fatimah Abdullah said many important things were best learnt through informal activities outside the classroom.

“Our children may forget what they have learnt in Geography and other subjects in school, but they will never forget the values they picked up in activities that can build their character,” she said prior to distributing the RM100 schooling aid to 385 pupils of SK RPR Batu Kawa here yesterday.

Fatimah pointed out that children would grow up into a challenging and competitive world and as such efforts should be taken to develop them to be resilient, flexible and adaptable to face all challenges.

“Sometimes, it is best to leave them to learn on their own so that they will experience the learning process through the hard way.”

Fatimah said informal activities would ensure that the potential of each pupil be developed to the maximum at a young age.

“Children at this age are still dependent on their parents and teachers to educate and guide them.

“Therefore, it is important to educate and guide them not just to pass examinations but also for the sake of their future.

Fatimah added that early childhood education was a key focus area of the government because it is at this age that children were able to absorb knowledge very well.

“We must capitalise on this so that they will grow up with character.”