Published: Sunday October 11, 2009 MYT 4:14:00 PM
Rosmah: Plans to set up school for gifted children
By A. LETCHUMANAN
KUALA LUMPUR: There are plans to set up a school for gifted children in the country, similar to one run privately in France, said the Prime Minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
She said the government would provide assistance for the school which would be modelled along the lines of the Leonard De Vinci Gifted School in Herblay, France.
“The school in France, which I visited this week, is privately run and the expenses are borne by the parents of the gifted children.
“Malaysians are lucky that the government is willing to provide assistance,” she said at the Heart 2 Heart Deepavali charity programme organised by the Malaysian Associated Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MAICCI) here Sunday.
Rosmah said she was willing to work with MAICCI to implement the Permata Negara early childhood care and education programme for the benefit of the Indian community.
“In fact, we are having difficulty in extending this programme to the children of the Indian community,” she said.
Rosmah is policy chairman of the Permata Negara programme.
She said MAICCI under the leadership of Datuk K K Eswaran had played an important role in the economic development of the Indian community and had not forgotten their social responsibilities for the underprivileged.
“I hope they would continue with such charity programme in the coming years and it should not be confined to Deepavali alone but also during other festivals,” she said.
Eswaran in his speech, said that this was the second time that they were organising the charity event which would become an annual event to bring cheer to the underprivileged.
Rosmah later distributed food hampers to 100 poor families and angpows to 150 children from various homes.