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Education is the key says PM's wife
The wife of the Malaysian prime minister said that education would give children the capacity, capability and value system to be good leaders, as well as the social mobility to uplift themselves.
In her keynote address at the inaugural First Ladies Summit at the Palace of the Golden Horses in Kuala Lumpur, Rosmah said that children should be taught not only to strive for economic and technological advancement but also to foster and cultivate harmonious societies which care for the people.
"I have faith that education that begins early in the life of a child, through career and lifelong learning, is not only the keystone to knowledgeable and creative adults, but also fundamental to the inculcation of values, ethics and roles, which ultimately shape the nation's character, growth and social cohesion," she told a packed ballroom.
Fifteen first ladies are attending the summit themed, "A Child Today, A Leader Tomorrow".
Also attending are six representatives of first ladies and 20 ministers.
The First Ladies Summit 2010, initiated and hosted by Rosmah, focuses on ways in which families, communities and governments can work together to uncover the potential in every child.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak opened the summit at Seri Perdana Monday night.
Rosmah pointed out that history had shown that countries that neglected education, particularly early education, would eventually realise that they would lose out and would struggle to move their economies forward and create progress in their societies.
Rosmah also said that as investing in children helped to lay the much needed foundation for nation building and global peace, education must not only transmit knowledge that was developed in the past but also anticipate future knowledge, skills and behaviours needed by youth when they assume adult roles.
"Education as well as social environments of the family and community are the major influences in empowering and enriching children with the necessary knowledge, positive values and skills towards these goals," she stressed.
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