357 families enrol in early literacy classes

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

A TOTAL of 357 families are currently enrolled in the Early Literacy Programme said the Minister of Youth, Culture and Sports.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awang Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof in response to Legislative Council (LegCo) member Yang Berhormat Hj Zulkifli Hj Abdul Hamid’s question regarding the progress of the Early Literacy Programme said the aim of The Early Literacy Programme is to encourage a culture of reading among children from an early age.

“This is achieved by providing free early literature books to infants and encouraging the parents to teach them how to read.”

The minister said that the ministry intends to enroll all infants in the Early Literacy Programme in the future but currently has chosen only infants born in Feb 2014 to allow the Language and Literature Bureau to better manage and study the effects of the programme.

The minister added that although results can only be observed when the child has reached the age of five, parents have provided positive feedbacks and are satisfied with the progress of their child’s learning.

YB Hj Zulkifli also asked if the ministry plans to involve higher education institutions to conduct studies to increase the effectiveness of the programme as well as work with non-governmental organisations in the implementation of the programme.

The minister responded by saying that findings from countries carrying out the same programme such as Japan, Korea, Switzerland and others have found that the programme positively impacts the physical, social and emotional growth of the enrolled children. He however, did not specify whether the ministry will be including higher educational institutions or non-governmental organisations into the programme.

The Brunei Times