Tuesday, 16 October 2018

SEC 2018 - Special Education Conference 2018

The Special Education Conference 
The Conference was officiated by YB Hannah Yeoh, Deputy Minister for the 
Ministry of Women, Family & Community Development and Yang Berusaha 
Tuan Haji Salleh Mohd Kassim, Pengarah Pendidikan Selangor
Some of the Guest Speakers which included those from Australia and UK
(SEC2018), co-organised by Jeffrey Cheah Foundation of
Sunway Group and Generating Opportunities for Learning Disables (GOLD) held on 12 - 13 October 2018 at Sunway University was a great success.  The Conference Theme was "Nurturing Education through Smart Partnership" and its aim was to provide pathway to empower young adults with Learning difficulties.
The objectives of this inaugural Conference:
1. To create a platform to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solution adopted in the fields of Special Education and personal development;
2. To explore how to interface with difference educational professionals, parents and students to create an optimal teaching and learning environment;
Group picture of participants taken at the end of the two-day Conference

3. To provide the framework and education for all partners in creating collaborative synergy among schools, corporations, NGOs, government and community.
Without doubt the Conference managed to bring up a lively discussion on  the inter dependency of the four drivers which are Education, Networking, Industry Collaboration and Community Development for the Special Education. More than 300 participants which made up of all members of stake holders were present.
We believed that most of the participants of SEC2018 has benefited substantially from the discussions, which would translate into positive benefits to the people with special needs in the enhancement of their participation in the society.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018


1. Social Entrepreneurship Amplify Awards
Receiving of the Award. From Left: Ehon Chan, Executive Director
Ashran Dato' Ghazi, Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar, Chairman
Magic & Ghazali, Chairman of GOLD.

Social entrepreneurs can face a lot of difficulty raising financial capital.  As part of the government’s effort to raise awareness and support social entrepreneurship in Malaysia, MaGIC (Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre) has been mandated to support the sector through a dedicated social entrepreneurship unit and fund of RM 20 million.
Members of GOLD rejoicing during the Award giving Ceremony
in December 2016.
Magic are providing up to RM150,000 to Malaysia’s deserving social enterprises to help them increase their impact through new business capabilities and improved operations.
After a series of selection processes and due diligence, GOLD is most fortunate to be one of the five SE selected for the Amplify Award 2016.   However the amount that were being granted was dependent on the fulfilment of the timely deliverables of the milestones as determined by Magic.

2. IM4U Best Volunteer Initiative - NGO / NPO / Collective Award

Zabidi & Billy posed with the plaque awarding GOLD as the
Best Volunteer Initiative, NGO Award 2016

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Maybank Global CR Day 2014 - Inspiring Global Communities

We will be joining hands with Maybank on 27 September 2014 for its 5th Maybank Global CR Day with the theme, “Inspiring Global Communities”.
The Maybank Global CR Day is unique as it is a day set aside for Maybank employees to highlight on the same day to the community at large, the long-term sustainable Corporate Responsibility (CR) initiatives that Maybank employees are implementing in and around the world. On this day, each of the 20 countries where Maybank has presence will showcase its respective sustainable CR initiatives to create positive impact in the communities that Maybank serves.
Maybank employees under Group Human Capital (GHC), are hosting a three day Maybank Charity Bazaar in conjunction with Maybank Global CR Day. The event highlights just one of amongst the many initiatives that they are partnered with the NGO of their choice. Other LD NGOs are also invited for this three day platform to create stronger visibility for the LD community within the society, particularly the support system for the LD community.
Details of the GHC Global CR Day initiatives and Maybank Charity Bazaar are as follows:
Date     : Friday, 26 Sept 2014- Sunday 28 Sept 2014
Time    : 10.00 am  - 10.00 pm
Venue   : Mid Valley Megamall South Court, Ground Floor
Come and join us at this CR initiative. Meet the LD community and Maybank employees to learn more about the LD community and Maybank’s CR initiatives. Show your support to a good cause by purchasing the LDs’ products and craft. Your generosity goes a long way to improve the well- being of the LD community.
See you there!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Maybank GOLD Charity Bazaar – GLOBAL CR Day 2014

Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank) through its Department Group Human Capital will be organizing the MAYBANK GOLD CHARITY BAZAAR CARNIVAL at South Court (SC), Ground Floor, Mid Valley, Megamall.   Particulars of this event are as follows:

Date: 26 - 28 September 2014
Venue: South Court, Ground Floor, Mid Valley Megamall
Time:  10.00 am - 10.00 pm

In this carnival, Maybank in association with GOLD and 10 other non-governmental organisations (NGO) hope to raise fund to help Children and People With Learning Disabilities such as Autism, Down Syndrome, Slow Learners etc.   This project is organized as an activity of Maybank Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), all proceed from the sales and other commercial activities will be donated back to the organizations concern.

Syabas to Maybank, as this is one of a kind such assistance is afforded to the Learning Disabled Communities to set up Social Enterprises. 
Representatives of NGO meeting with Maybank Croup Human Capital Officials  at GOLD Centre
Members of public are welcome to come to see for yourself various interesting products of that are produced by the Learning Disabled.   Do come to support this eye opener events, thus lending hands to the success of setting of Social Enterprises for the Learning Disables.  

The list of NGO that are involved in this 3 days event:
·       Persatuan Kelainan Upaya Pembelajaran (GOLD)
·       Persatuan Kanak-Kanak Istimewa Kajang (PKIK)
·       Persatuan Keluarga Orang Bermasalah Pembelajaran (PERKOBP)
·       United Voice
·       Persatuan Sindrom Down Malaysia (PSDM)
·       Kiwanis Job Training Centre (KJTC)
·        Beautiful Gate
·       St Paul Church
·       Biji Biji Initiatives
·       Ecocentric Transitions
·       Bring Your Own Bottle (BYOB)

“We make a living by what we get,
But we make a life by what we give.“

Winston Churchill

Friday, 18 January 2013

Jeffrey Cheah Foundation Brings Social Enterprise To Hearts of GOLD

Jeffrey Cheah Foundation has announced collaboration with the GOLD to develop a social enterprise business model for the learning disabled towards the course of transforming education for the special need children in Malaysia.

Under the collaboration, Sunway University's newly established Sunway Institute for Social Entrepreneurship (SISE), on behalf of Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, has plan to assist GOLD to develop program and business plans that will equip children with learning disabilities with skills that will sustain them through life.

AdministratorJane Poh,  for the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation at the signing ceremony with En Mohd Ghazali, Chairman of  GOLD, witnessed by Sharzede Salleh Askor, General Manager, Group Corporate Communication, Sunway Group

Sunway's relationship with the GOLD started with the special needs school in SMK Bandar Sunway.
GOLD is a non-profit organization.  The Foundation's goal is to assist children with learning disabilities and enforce the skills learn under the Malaysian school curriculum. GOLD ultimate objectives is to create more work and social opportunities for children and young adults with learning disabilities 
Onto a good start: Social Enterprise Set-up to equip children with life and business skills under the collaboration of Jeffrey Cheah Foundation and GOLD

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Pemandu Lab

GOLD committee 

Mary Chen explaining the role of buddy system

Viewing GOLD products

See how happy we are.

Part of the Team
From 15 to 24 October 2012, En. Ghazali (Chairman of GOLD), Mary Chen (secretary) and I was invited to the Pemandu Lab, representing SMK Bandar Sunway, to give input on the transformation of special education in Malaysia. It was an interesting mixed group comprising educators from the special education unit in MOE, parents with special needs children and NGOs. We were all from different organizations and background but fought for a common cause - to provide a better education for special needs children in Malaysia. I was amazed at how team leaders from Pemandu managed to put together all the pieces of the puzzle successfully considering the diversity of opinions and ideas coming from the members of the committee. By the end of the two weeks, we reached a quick-win decision which we hope can be kicked off immediately in January 2013. Our Deputy Prime Minster YB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin attended the last day accompanied by Pemandu boss, YB Dato' Sri Idris Jala, to listen to the input that has been put together and recommended by the working committee. We were extremely heartened by their positive feedback and pleased with their commitments to implement our suggestions as per our recommendation. 
Hjh. Juairiah Hj. Johari