Ministry to extend child safety advocacy programme to 300 schools in 2024

Dato Sri Nancy Shukri

KUCHING, Dec 24: Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (KPWKM) aims to extend its child safety advocacy programme to 300 schools next year.

Its Minister Dato Sri Nancy Shukri said the programme has been initiated in six schools across Kuala Lumpur, Sabah and Sarawak so far.

“To safeguard the rights and wellbeing of our children, our ministry has established the Child Development Department which has been operational since September 1.

“Our hope is for the department to become an independent agency in the future,” she said in a statement today.

Nancy also said her ministry had successfully conducted 13 roadshows across all states to promote the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act this year, of which a tribunal has been formed to determine how the cases would be handled under the Act.

She said the ministry will develop a comprehensive course module for the care and support of persons with disabilities, aimed at fostering their holistic potential development.

“In conjunction with this, we increased the allowance for disabled trainees in the Community-Based Rehabilitation Programme (PPDK) from RM150 to RM300 per month, affirming our commitment to their empowerment and welfare,” she added.

Meanwhile, in an effort to address the issue of declining fertility rates, she said the country’s first Subfertility Centre under the National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN) will be established in Shah Alam, Selangor next year, involving an allocation of RM171 million and is expected to commence operations in 2029. — DayakDaily