SEPTEMBER 2017 MESSAGE
Celebrating Diversity of Negaraku, Malaysia
Malaysia Day is a special day for Malaysians. This year is extra special as we also celebrate the 60th year of our independence. In hindsight, we have so much to be thankful for in Malaysia. Since independence, we’ve enjoyed peace, prosperity and progress. We have made significant and exemplary advancements in many areas including education, health, security and development.
Malaysia Day is held on 16 September every year to commemorate the establishment of the Malaysian federation on the same date in 1963. It marks the joining together of Malaya, North Borneo, Singapore and Sarawak to form Malaysia. As our Father of Independence (Bapa Kemerdekaan), Tunku Abdul Rahman aptly said, UNITY is our fundamental strength as a people and nation.
At Dika, the unity of the different races and diversity has been our key strength. The melting pot of different cultures offers a unique perspective and experience for our students and cultivates an appreciation for the colourful nation we live in. This is further made meaningful by our commitment to provide educational opportunities to aspiring ECE educators not only in West Malaysia but also in Sabah and Sarawak through our strategic partnership with YWCA Malaysia. Over the years, we have seen hundreds of women from marginalised backgrounds become ECE educators at Dika.
Consistent with the progressive educational development in Malaysia, Dika is proud to have produced high-level graduates who are changing the landscape of ECE in Malaysia. Our graduates are trained to be innovative citizens through our programmes that offer real-world experience with an international edge. All the while, we also encourage our students to embrace the unique values of being a Malaysian.
Since our establishment in 2003, we have continued to expand our foothold in the early childhood education field in Malaysia by providing quality academic experience with a proven track record of educating, inspiring and challenging professionals of tomorrow. However, this wouldn’t have been possible without the strength of the Dika team, students, alumni and partners. Your continued efforts and dedication is the cornerstone of our brand.
This Malaysia Day is doubly meaningful for Dika as the management team recently came together to work on building Dika’s vision, to Revolutionise Learning and Thinking Globally. As we chart our path for the next five years, we are very excited for the future of Dika and in challenging the way we learn, teach and think. We look forward to making Dika a progressive learning institution and delivering breakthroughs in creating a new eco-system in teaching and learning.
Malaysia Day wouldn’t be complete without the family get-togethers, the balik kampung journey, parades and fireworks. It is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of the day and our role as the citizen of Malaysia. Like many of you, I hope to spend part of this day celebrating our nation with family and friends.