Preschool Education Needs

Preschool Education Needs

KUALA LUMPUR, July 1 (Bernama) — Preschool education needs a shift to ensure it remain relevant and able to cater to the development needs of a child as well as that of the people and country, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said.

Preschool education should be futuristic in line with the country’s aspiration to create a learned society that was resilient and disciplined, and one which stayed true to its faith and national identity, in line with the 1Malaysia spirit, he said.

“We can translate this vision through a holistic and futuristic preschool education system which is not too academic-centric,” he said when opening the 2010 National Preschool Education Conference here Thursday.

The four-day event, which focuses on finding the best practice in the implementation of national preschool curriculum, was attended by the ministry’s Secretary-General Tan Sri Dr Zulkurnain Awang, Education Director-General Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom and Deputy Education Director Datuk Noor Rezan Baboo Hashim.

Muhyiddin, who is the Education Minister, said preschool teachers should also be trained to provide a fun-learning environment in school.

“Preschool teachers play an important role because they are the first to formally teach our children.

“They should be able to imbibe a strong foundation to ensure these children can be successful in education,” he said.

Muhyiddin said that up till end of May, preschool enrolment had increased to 70.4 per cent from 67 per cent previously.

“I’m confident that with the commitment shown by all, the target of achieving 72 per cent in preschool enrolment this year can be achieved,” he said.

He also noted that more unregistered preschools showing interest to register with the government.

Meanwhile, speaking at the Education Ministry’s Excellent Service Awards in Putrajaya, Muhyiddin said the ministry was taking steps to enhance the country’s education including reviewing the schooling system, carrying out restructuring at the ministry’s level and enhancing the qualities of teachers and school administrators.

“I am banking on all of you, the staff of the ministry, to give your highest commitment to realise the country’s education development programme,” he said.

Muhyiddin said that the government’s various initiatives such as the 1Malaysia vision, Government Transformation Programme, New Economic Model and the 10th Malaysia Plan, provided the ministry with huge challenges.

“To carry out all these initiatives, civil servants, particularly the staff of the ministry, should offer creative and innovative ideas to strengthen the ministry’s delivery system,” he said.

CIC’s Drama Class 2011

CIC’s Drama Class 2011

CIC’s Drama class will be held during month of November and December 2011. The actual schedule will be issued later.

Benefits of Drama Class:

  1. To provide students with confidence and self awareness.
  2. The students are taught to consider the impact of pitch, tone and body language during conversation.
  3. To speak politely in correct sentences.
  4. Learn to control their feelings.
  5. Being emotionally aware and emotionally intelligent.
  6. To improve the language and increase vocabulary in both languages, Bahasa Melayu and English.

Interested parents can email to parents@cic.net.my

CIC’s Ramadhan Roadshows

CIC’s Ramadhan Roadshows

KUALA LUMPUR 29 Jun – Lebih seribu pelajar Pusat Perkembangan Minda CIC atau Children Islamic Centre (CIC) terlibat menjayakan persembahan yang hebat di dalam program CIC’s Ramadhan Roadshows yang diadakan di beberapa pusat perniagaan terkemuka di Lembah Klang pada hari minggu sepanjang bulan Ramadhan.

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif CIC, Qutren Nada Ahmad berkata, “Objektif utama aktiviti tersebut adalah untuk meningkatkan keyakinan diri kanak-kanak, seawal usia empat tahun dan menerapkan nilai murni melalui persembahan yang disampaikan”. “Keyakinan diri adalah kunci kejayaan dalam hidup, adalah penting untuk kita bina keyakinan diri mereka seawal mungkin, tambahan pula generasi muda hari ini akan menghadapi zaman global yang lebih mencabar.Untuk terus berjaya, kita harus pastikan mereka boleh berdiri sama tinggi, duduk sama rendah, standing dengan generasi muda negara-negara maju yang lain”. “Bukan mudah untuk melatih kanak-kanak untuk mengadakan persembahan sempurna dan menakjubkan terutamanya di atas pentas di hadapan khalayak ramai.Namun berkat kesabaran guru-guru yang sanggup berusaha lebih dan sokongan ibubapa, hari ini kita lihat kanak-kanak CIC tampil dengan penuh yakin pada diri, mampu membuat persembahan yang sangat membanggakan”.“Umur yang sangat muda tidak menjadi halangan, persembahan yang dilakukan bukan sahaja melebihi kebolehan rakan sebaya yang lain, malah setanding kebolehan pelajar-pelajar remaja”. CIC’s Ramadhan Roadshows ini yang telah diadakan 5 tahun berturut-turut telah berjaya mencungkil bakat dan meningkatkan keyakinan diri ribuan pelajar CIC. Kajian menunjukkan pengalaman semasa kanak-kanak memberi kesan positif yang akan berlarutan sehingga dewasa, lebih-lebih lagi jika suasana di rumah dan kualiti pembelajaran prasekolah menyediakan kanak-kanak dengan asas yang kukuh dan permulaan yang baik. Tambah Qutren Nada, berikutan dengan tema CIC tahun ini iaitu, Leaders Are Readers, Readers Are Leaders, pihaknya banyak memilih persembahan yang memerlukan kanak-kanak banyak membaca seperti persembahan bacaan sajak atau poem dalam Bahasa Inggeris, pantun dan juga choral speaking. Ini adalah untuk menggalakkan tabiat membaca di kalangan kanak-kanak supaya tabiat tersebut dibawa sehingga dewasa. CIC dengan mottonya, “Melahirkan Pemimpin” merupakan pusat perkembangan minda yang menawarkan pakej pendidikan kepada pelajar 3 – 12 tahun. CIC mempunyai 56 cawangan di seluruh negara.Program-program pendidikan ini telah memenangi beberapa anugerah dan antara yang terbaik di Asean. Maklumat lanjut berkenaan CIC boleh didapati di www.cic.com.my.

WHY CHOOSE CIC?

Why Choose CIC?

Choosing a pre school for your child can be a very overwhelming task.

The key is to find a preschool that is a good fit for your child. With so many aspects to consider and the many different schools available, here are reasons CIC Where Leaders Are Born should be at the top of your list of preschools.

Teachers

Teachers at CIC Where Leaders Are Born are warm and caring; greeting your children with a smile and seeing them off with warm hugs, making your child feel at home and look forward for more days at school. With a strong background in Education and Early Childhood Care, teachers are enrolled for many different training programmes to develop their competency in teaching and nurturing the leader in your child.

Setting

The setting of the classroom and school is spacious and colourful from the walls right down to the furniture. The school is decorated with the children’s artwork and learning pictures and words, creating a safe and comfortable environment for your children to learn and explore their potential to becoming leaders.

Curriculum

CIC Where Leaders Are Born has 18 enrichment programmes that addresses all the basic skills a child should acquire between the ages of 3 – 6 years old such as CIC Pemimpin Muda Pintar Al-Quran, CIC New Maths, CIC Pemimpin Muda Pintar Bahasa, CIC Oxford Reading Tree and CIC Thematic Learning. These programmes teaches and exposes your children to the basics of Islamic Studies, Mathematics, and Language. From reading to writing to articulating, every programme is carefully structured to help your child progress according to their capability and ability to learn and comprehend. Every programme encourages each child to learn through play and experience.

Communication

At every quarter, parents will have the opportunity to meet with the teachers to review your child’s development and achievement both in their learning and as an individual. Parents will also receive a Communication Book to keep track of your child’s work at school. For events and outdoor programmes, parents will receive a formal memorandum with detailed information of the event or programme.

Location

With 70 centres nationwide, it will be easy to locate a CIC Where Leaders Are Born near you. Each centre is located neither too far in the suburbs nor too deep into the city, making it convenient for you to send and pick your children up. Your children are also free from the distractions of the city, helping them flourish and develop into a leader in a secure learning environment.

CIC Where Leaders Are Born
www.cic.com.my
03-86876999

Speech 2009

Speech 2009

BismillahiArRahmaniArRahim

Thank you for coming to this small ceremony. I always appreciate your supports to CIC in whatever ways that all of you always give. May Allah consistently guide us to the right path.

This year CIC is 12 years old. Alhamdulilah with all the supports from you and the people like you, CIC continue to be stronger. As our brand is well accepted we start to receive attacks from those who may not like us to be around. I found that one or two persons start to propagate that our English program is not good because the teacher speaks Kelantan’s accent. Even though to me nothing is wrong with the Kelantan’s accent as Britons, Americans, Australians also differ in accent and many of the successful people speak Kelantan’s English, believe me, none of our children read Kelantan’s English because they learn from Kelantanese teacher.

They also spread that we cook for our children using Ajinomoto which is totally not true. Let me tell you, you do not send your children at CIC for English Language only because CIC is not a language centre. But you send your children to CIC for an integrated education which I believe is the best foundation for your children’s education. And I also believe that at CIC your children never lose the English Language as they can read and write well in English. But they have the advantage of learning Quran and have learned to worship Allah very well at their early stage of life.

Nowadays majority of our people are in easy circumstances because of the advancement of technology, education and monetary status but regretfully the morals and spiritual values are disappearing among them. It can easily be said that so many crimes, murders, suicides, intentional accidents which occurred are frequently resulted from immorality and irreligiousness.

Therefore our children need not only basic education on religion but most importantly they must believe and apply it. Religion is for us to apply throughout our lives so that we are safe and other people are also safe from our ill doings till the day we depart from this physical world.

Many people know the knowledge but somehow do not embrace it. It is even more difficult to worship Allah. For that, we must train ourselves to worship Allah as the act of worshipping needs training. Worshipping Allah starts from birth even before actually. We should be grateful to Allah for choosing Mu’minin parents from whom we get Islam and practise it. The same goes with our children nowadays, they are grateful to have you as their parents.

Frankly, I am sad when I found out here children being grown up by parents who themselves are lost in this physical world, forgetting the purpose of life, and they do not realise that what they think as good for their children in long term is harmful. Some parents are very trendy. They give reactions to certain trends in the business world and tend to forget the principle actions that they must do. For example, when it was IT trend, many kindergartens offered learning computer without thinking deeply on its harms or the needs of having it. When some friends send their children to Chinese school because it offers Mandarin classes, we start to react to that and want to send our children too. Well, to some people, it is a proud sending to Mandarin Medium as it is more expensive even comparing to the English Medium.

I am not saying that learning Mandarin is not good, but I am questioning on its effectiveness if you send your child for only a year. Would in a year, your child can wrap up everything for being able to understand and use the Mandarin language when he grows up. I believe that it is totally not effective unless we continue to make him learned in Chinese school for years. You can send your children to Chinese school for 6 years if you really want him to learn Mandarin. But usually life is about choice. Once you get one thing you might have to forgo the other. Our children might lose other more important things that we need to give them as a strong foundation i.e. the spiritual wellbeing. However there is good option if there were Chinese school that can give good religious education and decent environment, besides need to ensure that the teachers are the Murabbi who himself walks his teachings.

That is among the important advice that I continuously tell to CIC’s staffs, that we must always act towards our goals not to react to certain circumstances. Some of our staffs also tend to react to external factors that sometimes we cannot keep them working with us for long term. In fact it is our national problem because very often local staffs especially Malays do not want to take more challenges, they have many choices around and are comfortable at their zone. Therefore we can find many businesses overcome this problem by importing staffs from countries like Indonesia and Bangladesh.

It is not easy to manage children’s centre like CIC. Due to the fact that it is service and labor intensive oriented, CIC’s requirements is high. We cannot simply employstaffs who are able to teach English only because we need them to know Quran and Islamic knowledge as well. Besides we need them to be the Murabbi,the roll models and transmit the spiritual aura to our children.

Currently, we have a manual system that is consistently and frequently monitoring the quality and the progress of our children. We are monitoring closely the quality and performance of our staffs according to our standard of KPIs whether they are new or experienced staffs.

Extending that, I am proud to tell you that we are now developing our IT based system, that cost more than RM30,000 to manage the performance of our centre. This system will tell what to do daily on a particular child, in term of his schedule, subject to teach, how to teach, what book to be used and what assessment to use. Our staffs who will be monitored by our quality controller, will just have to follow the instructions and updating reports. With this system, I hope students produced by CIC will continue to be more excellent. Lastly, I also like to share with you that we are now been granted the status of franchisor by MECD. If anyone of you or your relatives or your friends like to own a CIC, please let us know. The preparation for 2010’s intakes should begin now as the franchisee needs to undergo process of selections as well as proper trainings

With that, I thank you. Please do not forget to put CIC’s sticker on your car to show your supports to us. I pray that Allah will bless us and the way to the hereafter through this world life is prosperous always. Wassalam

HjhQutreen Nada Ahmad

Convocation 2010

Convocation 2019

بِسْــــــــــــــــــمِ اﷲِالرَّحْمَنِ اارَّحِيم

Alhamdulillah.

I hope our children had progressed and enjoyed the learning activities at CIC and it will be a wonderful experience of a lifetime.

And Alhamdulilah we are now in the month of Hajj, the month of blessings. Last week, children at CIC started performing the play on wukuf, setting the tents in the classroom, reading khutbah and doa. Last year they performed the play “Safari to Makkah”. These were among the many exciting things we did at CIC. To the children, it is the excitement that they will not forget, but to us, it is the knowledge and values that we want to instill in them.

Education in early childhood is more than teaching to read but to develop the innate belief. My son once told me, “Mummy, do you know that the scariest month is October?” I asked why. He said because of Halloween! So Halloween is one of the examples on how the English culture has become part of my son’s belief which I cannot control. In this 21st century, the knowledge are unlimited, the global influences to some extent are good but can be harmful if we do not balance it with the religious beliefs.

Dear parents, our children are like the empty glass, their childhood experience and belief will characterize themselves. Therefore as parents and educators we must pay close attention to the daily experience of a child so that we are able to intervene before it is too late.

It is important for a Muslim child to be upbringing in good environment but for developing a strong character, the kid should be toughened up. This is normally happened to many great leaders of the world who were sent away from families to make them tough.

The Hajj itself is the training camp of Allah that He has made it compulsory to all Muslims. We see that Allah has placed His sacred house, Kaabah in the most rugged stony part of the earth and commanded the people to turn our attention towards it. Allah had not placed His Sacred house in the lush gardens with streams because of the lightness of the trial. As a matter of great test, extreme trial, Allah has made us throw away our good dress, with only pieces of cloth, uncut hair, dusted faces in order to approach Him. Allah tries us by means of different troubles and He wants us to render worship through hardships to extract arrogance and to settle humbleness in our spirits. When people remain humble before Allah only then they will accept His obedience with sincerity.

Certainly, we should take a lesson from this training camp of Allah. If we want our children to be selected individuals, sometimes we have to engage them in tough situations so that they will grow with strong leadership capabilities but remain humble in front of God.

Lastly, I really hope if we can continuously work hands in hands to develop our young leaders. In February 2011, in celebration of Maulidur Rasul, CIC will have an education conference which we will discuss few important issues in children’s education. I like to invite all of you to join us. We are playing a very important role in human history, what we do today, helps to shape the future. Therefore, hope to see you in that conference. Insya Allah.

With that, I thank you.

I Feel Good

I Feel Good

Today’s children will be the citizens of tomorrow. They are tomorrow’s parents. If they have received good education from the right hands, they in turn can carry forward this practice to their children.

If we have the will, we can develop the society for the future. If we neglect them, they can be the cause of the ruination of the society.

I discovered CIC is the perfect business for me. What about you?

Qutren Nada Ahmad

Speech by CEO – November 2014

Speech by CEO – November 2014

BismillahiArrahmanArRahim

It is CIC’s honor to be part of the young leaders’ first education. It is hoped that they will continue to get the best education and grow up as successful adults, having a blessed life.

However, I am sorry that at this moment, we have yet to set up a primary school for the continuity of their education. Therefore, allow me to advise you young parents, if you were to choose private school, choose an institution with clear vision and goals so that the children will not become the victims to the vulnerable education planning.

Do not simply choose a school that offers the lowest fees because you have to ensure that the school has enough budgets for good facilities, teachers’ training and development which are very costly.

Every Moslem parent wants the children to be soleheen and solehaat, but please be careful of those schools who make use of Islam.

Government schools normally have good facilities with certified teachers. However, our children might loss his potentials as there will be less monitoring. If you decide to send your child to government school, please consider CIC’s After School Program for their enrichments. CIC’s After School Program has small number of students enable your child to flourish more.

At CIC, we develop young leaders, hoping that they will be given opportunities to learning as much as they can and develop their highest capabilities to be able to optimize their best roles in every field they are into in the future.

History of formal education started with the royal families, aristocrats and the elites. Meaning that only children with certain background were educated. Public children were not educated and were thought to use the weapon to go to the war.

Later, when public children also went to school, the system produced them to be labors and taught them to be obedient. Those people who were against this, voiced about freedom and setup alternative schools to offer the freedom of learning and things unavailable in the mainstream education.

Now brothers and sisters, I believe we have to be moderate about the 2 choices. Mainstream education is not perfect. In fact education is never perfect. But the key is to keep improve. However, we cannot get trapped in the alternative education as pulling the children out from the mainstream education is not a progressive move. Remain in the mainstream education will make the children more competitive.

Besides, there is no absolute freedom in Islam. While we believe that people are free, they are still accountable in front of Allah for what they do.

Meaning that rulings and system are very important in the children’s education. They are not totally free, but free within boundaries.

Therefore I believe we must continue with the mainstream education sytem to develop highly capable citizens who can contribute to the country while enrich them with virtuous independent characters that are strong emotionally and spiritually. In other words, I am worried that the alternative education, you might find it in many names, might be vulnerable to prepare our children for the established world system.

Lastly, as in the history, those who have superior abilities and qualities to the rest of the society,are advanced in the education of their children, they normally see the opportunities and the needs of education in preparation for reaching the opportunities ahead of others. I hope you and your families will be among them.

As the famous saying in the Islamic tradition, “AdDunya Mazra’tul Akhirah”, meaning that worldly affairs are the plantation or the investment of Hereafter, we understand that world is important for the hereafter and we have to be clear on the purpose is for submission to Allah SWT.

(Qutren Nada Ahmad)

Speech by CEO

Speech By CEO

BismillahiArrahmanArRahim

Alhamdulillah we are born as Moslem. Our children are born in our hands, Moslem families, and I know that CIC’s parents are selected parents, you are outstanding Moslems and are advanced of other parents in Malaysia generally. I am proud of you and I am very grateful to have families like you supporting CIC’s mission and vision to come true.

However I like to advise myself and you too as CIC’s families, to help ourselves and our families to reach to the level of Mokmeen because being Moslem is not enough for we will be regretful in the hereafter.

There are more criterias to be a Mokmeen. I cannot discuss in details about those criterias, and for us to understand about it, needs time and want, but as a brief, it means about real belief.

Ashabul Kahfi For Example, they are the Mokmineen mentioned in the Quran. How many of us will possess such criteria of Ashabul Kahfiwhenever we encounter the test from Allah? If we do not have real belief, we cannot reach the level of these people of Ashabul Kahfi.

As far as I know, Ashabul Kahfi are not the Prophets but just seven men who had the belief in Tawheed while their society did not.

Many more messages in Surah Al Kahfi that we must learn, like the stories of Khidr and Zul Qarnain. We are told that Surah Al Kahfi has priviledges. But how many of us really understand about the messages in it?

My point is to emphasize that we parents have to help ourselves and families to reach to the Level Of Mokmineen before death comes to us and to reach that, the path is not easy. How we have to struggle for physical attainment, the Struggle For Our Iman is even more difficult.

Remember, Allah Will Not Only Test the previous generations like Ashabul Kahfi but Allah Will Test Us also. He will test our belief the same he test the past generation so that in the Hereafter we will stand in front of Him with equal chance!

Therefore, we have to continue to seek knowledge, what we had learnt in schools, universities, mosques are not enough to be a Mokmeen. Seek Knowledge, Ikhlas and being Humble, only then, we are on our way to become Mokmeen. Being ikhlas and humble is essential because wal iya zubillah we do not want to be like Iblis who is proud of himself and thinks that he is better than Adam and because of that pride, he is kufur, did not obey Allah to prostrate before Adam.

People say, “Some Love Lasts A Lifetime, True Love Lasts Forever”. Let us give to our families the gift that is not only lasts a lifetime but lasts forever, give the gift of Iman and we can leave the rest to Allah!

At CIC, we tried to do so many things to give the Gifts That Last Forever for our children. Our team from the HQ to the centres, all hands in hands had given a lot of efforts to make our mission and vision successful. I am grateful to have them around me. We spent a lot in the trainings, hoping that the crews will give back to the children. Some crews remain, some leave for whatever reason, we know that the trainings we give will last forever and will help to create better society in the future.

CIC’s Blossom Project is one of our efforts to give the Gifts That Last Forever to the children. We did Hi-Tea And the Blossom Walk, and many more activities.

Again I am grateful to have all of you, the CIC’s families who are very attentive, I hope all of you will be with us to promote and create awareness to the people to stop the child abuse and give more rights to the children including the right to have better education.

(Qutren Nada Ahmad)

Qutrennada.COM – On our Hari Raya festival, where we Malaysians would have Open House and makan-makan together, how would we expect Malaysians behave?

Qutrennada.COM – On our Hari Raya festival, where we Malaysians would have Open House and makan-makan together, how would we expect Malaysians behave?

Few days back did you hear about the chinese tourists (from China) were asked to leave the Japanese restaurant for having poor eating attitude?

The women throw the peeled shells onto the floor, and pile up bones and rubbish on the table. According to the report, they had also stayed at their table beyond the limit of 90 minutes for the restaurant’s buffet service despite being reminded several times by staff that it was time to leave.

However this situation seems very common in Malaysia too.

On our Hari Raya festival, where we Malaysians would have Open House and makan-makan together, how would we expect Malaysians behave?

Last few nights I was invited for Iftar at a friend’s house. He invited many other friends and neighbours that it became quite a big event. Like usual I saw people just left the tables with many plates and bowls with so much mess and food waste without the awareness to help at least by throwing their own mess into the garbage bag.

We Malaysians used to eat outside at stalls and mamak restaurants where there are helpers to clean the table, so we behave the same when we are the guests of a kenduri??

Please, even it is the restaurant we pay, we Malays must behave well and lead by example and show good table manners ourselves. Our children will copy our behaviour or do we want in future our children becoming like the China’s tourists being chased out from the restaurant for having bad eating behaviour??

When people invite us for open house or kenduri, we need to focus more on establishing relationship, but not eating like we are starving and leave the table with mess like “monyet dapat bunga”

Another issue is on the damage that we do to the world when we widely serve using the plastic plates and utensils. Today Europe is proposing a ban on single-use plastic items such as cutlery, straws and cotton buds in a bid to clean up the oceans.

But can we imagine in Malaysia, how can we ban the plastics plates while the eaters are just do not want to help to clean their own mess?