My Busy Bag: Engaging kids, empowering minds
by Muhd Azzrul Salehan
for Yayasan MENDAKI
Our Campaign Storyends 27 Oct 2017, 11:59 PM
What a child grows up to become will essentially depend on how he/she was nurtured during their early developmental stages. 'My Busy Bag' is an initiative established to provide for the young toddlers and preschoolers the secret ingredients in their upbringing; love and educational support. With various educational activities all packed in one bag, children will be exposed to simple yet effective tools to stimulate cognitive abilities, enhance fine motor skills, and enforce hand-eye coordination and problem solving skills.
Other than the physical and cognitive development of the child, 'My Busy Bag' also promotes social-emotional development between the children and their parents. The activities provided in the bag are catered to build parent-child interactions, develop cooperation, and conflict-resolution skills which are fundamental in maintaining strong and positive relationships. All in all, this project hopes to strengthen bridges between the children and their parents all in the name of fun while still having an educational essence.
Our target goal is to produce 400 Busy Bags to be distributed to 400 families. All proceeds will be used to fund the cost of the materials and production of the Busy Bags. Seeing the importance of early childhood development, we hope to receive the support from the community in helping to nurture our future generation right from their formative stages.
This is a project run by 5 young and wonderful volunteers on behalf of Yayasan MENDAKI.
Yayasan MENDAKI (Council for the Development of Singapore Malay/Muslim Community) is a pioneer Self-Help Group formed in 1982 dedicated to empower the community through excellence in education, in the context of a multi-racial and multi-religious Singapore. In 2002, MENDAKI streamlined its focus along four key areas of Education, Youth, Family and Employability.
MENDAKI's programmes largely target the bottom 30% of the Malay/Muslim population and are therefore highly subsidized. They are mostly preventive and developmental programmes to provide early assistance to the beneficiaries. The programmes are designed to supplement or complement national initiatives.
MENDAKI works extensively with partners that share and support its vision and mission. They consist of government agencies, schools, mosques, Malay/Muslim organisations, employers, community centres and MAECs, family & student service centres and many more.