PETALING JAYA: The Taarana School for children with special learning needs held its annual day recently to celebrate their achievements.

The event highlighted the talents of the school’s 24 students and reflected Taarana’s dedication to fostering a comprehensive and holistic environment of learning and development, RYTHM Foundation Chairperson Datin Sri Umayal Eswaran said.

She added that the performances showcased not only the students’ talents but also Taarana’s nurturing spirit of inclusivity and creativity.

“We must not give up on our children but nurture their skills and talents. If they can’t excel academically, guide them on their unique journey and encourage their other talents,” Umayal said.

The event also included testimonies from parents on the impact of Taarana’s initiatives on students and their families.

Mohd Amin Mohd Shariffudin witnessed remarkable behavioural progress in his son Muhammad Kamil Muiz, who has Charge Syndrome. Children with this syndrome tend to have problems with their senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch.

“Muiz has improved tremendously since enrolling at Taarana. He is now more receptive to listening and has also learned to make friends,” he said.

$!Representatives from QI Group, RYTHM and Taarana School teachers, parents and children at the event.

“I could not be more grateful for their positive impact on my son’s development,” he added in paying tribute to Taarana’s therapists and teachers.

The children had rehearsed their performances for several months in anticipation of the significant day.

Taarana, which means “awakening” in Sanskrit, was established in 2011 by Rythm Foundation, the heart of social impact for the QI Group of Companies. The school addresses the urgent need for resources and support for children with developmental disabilities and their families.

The event also honoured long-serving staff and bestowed awards on the students, recognising their significant growth and accomplishments in areas such as attendance and daily living skills.

The annual day was also attended by QI Group founder and executive chairman Datuk Seri Vijay Eswaran, members of the QI Board of Directors and senior executives.

A critical mission of RYTHM Foundation is to raise awareness about the importance of special needs education. The foundation also advocates for social inclusion to reduce the stigma associated with children who have developmental challenges.

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