DESPITE┬ábeing removed from the list of honourees to receive the ‘Lead by Example’ Award, Permata has been hailed as an example for fostering inclusive and equitable education, leading the way in Southeast Asian region.

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova on Thursday said ┬áMalaysia’s National Education Blueprint 2013-2025 is an example to countries of all income levels. It encompasses attention to equity and quality, as well as the competences and skills required to live together on the basis of respect and mutual understanding.

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova

In this context, Permata, established upon the initiative of Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor, the First Lady of Malaysia, stands as an outstanding example of inclusion, reaching the most marginalized, through holistic approaches that start at the earliest age, promote values of peace, non-violence and respect for cultural diversity, and improve lifetime opportunities for children and youth.


Last week, Bernama reported┬áthat Rosmah was selected to be the recipient of UNESCO’s award in conjunction with the 71st United Nations General Assembly.

The national news agency quoted Education Ministry secretary-general Alias Ahmad, who is also Malaysian National Commission for Unesco vice-president, that Rosmah would be conferred the award for her efforts in developing the potential of children, especially through the Permata programme.

UNESCO Director-General’s Full Statement