PUTRAJAYA: Permata kicked off its "Permata On Wheels" nationwide tour today, travelling to seven states in the East and West Malaysia to promote its integrated childhood education programmes.
The flag-off ceremony was officiated by the Prime Minister's wife and Permata programme patron, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor at Seri Perdana this morning.
"We will be travelling to the villages and remote areas, especially the Orang Asli villages," she said. "We would like to create public awareness on the importance of early childhood education, particularly for kids below the age of four."
Interestingly, the "Permata On Wheels" use an old school bus, which cost RM40,000 to be refurbished.
Reiteratering her initiative on developing the Permata programme solely for the future of Malaysian children, Rosmah added that the nationwide tour would begin in Kampung Chang Baru in Bidor, Perak on April 1 and 2.
"Our outreach programme in Perak will involve 50 kids from the kampung. We are looking at three kids to be handled by one teacher. So the ratio is 3:1. The teachers will stay with the kids for two days. Apart from educational programmes, they will also work on community programmes with the Tok Batin (village head)," she said.
Perak aside, the "Permata On Wheels" will be making its pit stop in Kampung Simpang Arang in Gelang Patah, Johor (in May), Sungai Besar in Selangor (in June), Bintulu in Sarawak (in July), Keningau in Sabah (in September), Felda Palong in Negeri Sembilan (in October) and finally ends its journey in Padang Serai, Kedah in November.