Jamiyah partners Malaysian welfare group, taps on expertise

Jamiyah Singapore signed a memorandum of understanding with Malaysian welfare group Peyatim yesterday. At the event were (from left) Dr Mohd Suhaimi; Peyatim president Haji Tengku Mahmud Mansor; Jamiyah president Mohd Hasbi; and Jamiyah vice-presidents H.
Jamiyah Singapore signed a memorandum of understanding with Malaysian welfare group Peyatim yesterday. At the event were (from left) Dr Mohd Suhaimi; Peyatim president Haji Tengku Mahmud Mansor; Jamiyah president Mohd Hasbi; and Jamiyah vice-presidents H. M. Saleem and Isa Hassan. PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

Over the next three years, a welfare group here will visit orphanages in Malaysia to learn how they are run and adopt some of their best practices.

Jamiyah Singapore, which runs early childhood education centres here, hopes the visits will help them provide better care for the underprivileged children - who currently number around 60 - under its charge.

It is partnering Malaysian welfare organisation Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak Yatim Malaysia (Peyatim) to organise study visits, talks, workshops and seminars in areas such as nursing, early childhood education and moral education.

The two groups signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday. Peyatim, which cares for orphans and needy children, houses close to 4,000 orphans in 54 dormitories in Malaysia. The Jamiyah Children's Home hopes to tap into its expertise.

"The challenge is how best we can provide care for the children such that when they are out there, they will be well-equipped to face the external world," said the Home's superintendent Abdul Halim Aliman.

Peyatim also runs the University College Bestari, which caters to mostly orphans and needy students.

The university is developing a curriculum for its new course on early childhood education next year and hopes to pick up some tips here.

A team from Peyatim visited Jamiyah's children's home and nursing home earlier this month to learn about the services.

"We were impressed by the early childhood centres we saw, and how the students attended and concentrated during the classes," said Dr Mohd Suhaimi Shamsudin, director of the university's graduate school.

While the two groups have worked together in the past, the signing of the agreement will allow programmes to be organised in a more systematic manner, according to Jamiyah president Mohd Hasbi Abu Bakar

Jamiyah has also sent staff on learning trips to Indonesia, Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada.

Dr Mohd Hasbi said: "We seek knowledge from those with proven systems. We don't intend to reinvent the wheel. "

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 18, 2016, with the headline 'Jamiyah partners Malaysian welfare group, taps on expertise'. Print Edition | Subscribe