500 PCF Sparkletots children and parents have fun while learning more about the Malay language and culture

SINGAPORE, 14 October 2017 – For the first time, PCF Sparkletots preschools located in the South West and North West districts have come together to celebrate the Malay language with a Malay cultural showcase. The “Pesta Ria si Cilik”, which also means a fun-filled fiesta for children, will host some 500 pre-schoolers and their families from 20 PCF Sparkletots preschools (Please refer to Annex A for the list of preschools). The event was graced by Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Social and Family Development, and MP for Nee Soon GRC.
At the event, the children showcased their exhibitions and put together joyful performances. Some parents also had the opportunity to perform with their children. The children performed Malay cultural dances and dramas, recited poetry, and even exhibited their skills in martial arts. The children also put up two exhibition booths with activities that involved traditional games as well as hands-on crafts. “Pesta Ria si Cilik” has created a learning platform to build awareness and enhance understanding of the Malay language for the children as well as the parents. The cultural showcase was held in conjunction with Bulan Bahasa (Malay Language Month), which is organised by the Malay Language Council Singapore. The event is also funded by the Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism.

PCF CEO, Mr Victor Bay, said, “At PCF Sparkletots, we regard mother tongue languages as an important part of our curriculum and children’s development. At such a young age, exposing the children to their mother tongue helps to connect them to their culture, ensures better cognitive development, and even aids in learning of other languages. We are always looking for avenues, such as the Malay Cultural Showcase, to create a holistic learning environment for our children to learn and grow. We are happy that our preschools from the South West and North West districts have come together to celebrate the Malay language with us today.”