Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Reading Crucial In ICT-driven Era

Today, I have this info. about Mayor Supporting Reading Habit

Mayor Supports Reading Habit

Instilling the reading habit in children will help them develop their creativity and become more knowledgeable.

Reading is the foundation for a knowledge-based society that is crucial in this Information Technology (IT)-driven era since it enhances one's creativity and judgement skills.

Mayor Datuk Iliyas Ibrahim said this in a speech read by City Hall Corporate Deputy Director-General, Wan Maria Othman Lee, during a visit to the Kota Kinabalu Children's Home in Beringgis, Papar, Friday.

Accompanied by officers from City Hall, Wan presented 140 new and used books donated by City Hall staff to the home's Principal, Hajjah Dg Rogayah Awang Besar.

They were later given a guided tour of the home led by Rogayah and met with the children there.

The programme was part of City Hall's activities under the Reading and Noble Values Campaign launched on Aug 5 this year by State Secretary, Datuk KY Mustafa.

Iliyas also called upon the children at the home to make full use of their time spent there to acquire knowledge and skills provided by the 33 staff.

He added that being orphans it should not be an excuse for them not to become useful and successful adults especially having received proper guidance, education and skills at the home.
Meanwhile, Rogayah thanked City Hall for the visit, which she described as important and meaningful to the children in the home.

She also pointed out that despite receiving allocation from the government, it was insufficient to run the home and hence, it is in need of contributions and donations from the public and Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

"We need all forms of donations to cope with the children's growth development in this home. For example, we need diapers for the infantsËe use about 50 diapers or more for the 12 infants here who also need supervision 24 hours a day," she stressed when explaining some of the shortcomings faced by the home.

Located at Beringgis, Kinarut along Papar Road, the home, which started operations last year, houses 83 children aged between eight months and 16 years, from all over the State.



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