1st NECIC - Penang
“Parents, Practitioners and Policy Makers in Positive Partnership”.
These series of national conferences on early childhood intervention have been organized by a coalition of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in collaboration with relevant government agencies and has gained the support from UNICFEF Malaysia since its inception.
1st NECIC PENANG
This warm response developed into a full-fledged conference which was held at the Copthorne Orchid Hotel in Penang the following year from 18th – 20th November 2006.
The 1st National Early Childhood Intervention Conference (NECIC) drew in UNICEF, the 3 main relevant government agencies and 22 NGOs aptly with the theme of “Parents, Practitioners and Policy Makers in Positive Partnership”.
|The government collaborators were Ministry of Health (Division of Family Health Development), Ministry of Education (Special Education Department) and Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (Social Welfare Department).
The 22 NGOs were Asia Community Service (Penang), Association for Children with Special Needs (Sibu), Association for the Network for the Needs of Children with Disabilities (Perak), Association of Resource & Education for Autistic Children (Penang), Autistic Support Association of Penang, Bethany Home (Teluk Intan), Bureau on Learning Difficulties (Penang), Calvary Victory Centre (Johor), CBM Christoffel-Blindenmission, Malaysian Association of Speech-Language & Hearing (MASH), Malaysian Care (KL), Malaysian Paediatric Association (MPA), Methodist Care Centre (Sibu), National Autistic Society of Malaysia (NASOM), New Horizons Society (Ipoh), Penang Down Syndrome Association, Persatuan CHILD Sabah, Persatuan Kanak-Kanak Istimewa Kajang (Selangor), Spices Early Intervention Centre (KL), Streams of Joy (Penang), Wings Melaka
A memorandum was drafted and adopted by the 358 delegates in attendance. The final copy was then presented at the closing ceremony to the Guest of Honour, Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mandor who is the wife of the then Deputy Prime Minister.
(see attachment for copy of the memorandum)
It was at this first NECIC that the formation of a National Council was mooted; and that the NECIC would be held every 2 years, alternating between the towns of East and West Malaysia, where possible.