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By Nur Ashikin Louis
KUCHING, April 22: The construction of Dyslexia Association of Sarawak’s (DASwk) new learning and resource centre in Desa Wira here will be completed in two years time.
Women, Childhood and Community Wellbeing Development Minister Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah said presently, the contractor is conducting land clearing work at the site.
“Once completed, the Centre will be able to accommodate 60 children at any one session,” she told a press conference after presenting a cheque to DASwk at Baitulmakmur 2 building here, today.
The three-storey building will be built on a piece of 1.5 acres land in Desa Wisa, which was given by the Sarawak government.
Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg had on Oct 9, 2020 approved an allocation of RM3.95 million for the project.
The new teaching and learning centre will have 10 classrooms, assessment rooms, office, staff room, multipurpose hall and a hostel to cater to children and their families from outside Kuching.
DASwk was registered in 2007 with their first group of five students enrolled in July 2007 for a three-month Dyslexia Intervention Programme.
It is currently operating at Lorong Maxwell 2, Jalan Maxwell here which can only take four or five children at any one time.
Earlier, Fatimah also received a courtesy visit from Sarawak Education Department delegation led by its director Dr Azhar Ahmad.
Among the agendas discussed was the Special Olympics Sarawak which is scheduled to be held at Azman Hashim Community Sports Centre in Sibu from July 1 to 3 this year.
“We have asked the permission from the State Education director to allow teachers, especially those teaching special needs children and their students to participate in the Olympics.
“There are seven sport games namely bowling, badminton, bocce, table tennis, athletics (track and field) and aquatics (swimming) and soccer,” she said.— DayakDaily