Her Royal Highness Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Zara Salim officiated the opening of Taska Semangat Maju, Ipoh recently. The uniqueness of this kindergarten is it is the only one in Perak that provides teaching and caring services for mentally-handicapped children. The facility is located within Sekolah Semangat Maju in Kampong Tawas, Ipoh.
Present during the launch were Datin Seri DiRaja Saripah Zulkifli, wife of Perak Menteri Besar, Dato’ Rusnah Kassim Executive Councillor for Women Affairs, Family Development and Welfare and Dato’ Dr Yeoh Beng San, President of the Perak Association for the Intellectually Disabled and Su Beng Hock, the organising chairman.
Taska Semangat Maju was established in 2014. Besides the provision of early intervention programmes, it also functions as a daycare centre for mentally-handicapped children under 4 years old.
The primary objective of the kindergarten is to cater for an ideal learning environment for the growth and development of such children so they can learn to be independent and be of use to the community.
“Today is a historic day for the school, as this is the first official visit by our Permaisuri to our humble premise. We’re indeed proud and overwhelmed by Her Royal Highness’s presence despite her busy schedule,” said Dr Yeoh in his opening remarks.
The facility, said Dr Yeoh, was completed at the end of 2013. It has been beautifully crafted with a pleasant interior to provide a clean, bright and healthy environment for special-needs children.
Those wanting more details on Taska Semangat Maju can call 05 547 0186.