Early childhood education is where we lay the foundation of a child's life. It is easier to build children than repair adults.
Mohan Dallumal regards his work with children as his calling in life and has been an active proponent of Early Childhood Education (ECE) in Malaysia. His experience in the industry spans over 40 years and includes his role as the principal of several leading private schools where he set new benchmarks in the quality of education. Mohan’s areas of expertise include child development, child psychology, counselling and special children. In the past 10 years, he has been involved in teacher’s training and conducting parenting talks for leading companies in Malaysia.
As an authority in early childhood education whose expertise is highly sought after, Mohan served as the executive council member of the Early Childhood Care and Education Council(ECCE) of Malaysia from March 2013 to March 2017. In 2017, he was nominated as a committee member of the Professional Development Board (PDM) of the ECCE council. For over 30 years, Mohan has served in various voluntary organisations and NGOs in Malaysia looking into the welfare of children. Mohan is also an avid author on various subjects related to children, parenting and education.
Nalini is a full time lecturer and a Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) course coordinator at Dika College. She joined Dika in 2019. Upon joining Dika College as a lecturer her vision is to train SKM students to be high quality early childhood educators especially in honing practical skills and encourage them to continue their pathway to Diploma.
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Early childhood practitioners are more than just teachers. They are our country’s assets to a brighter future.
Hannah joined DIKA College in 2020. She has dedicated her adult life to early childhood education completing her certificate (Children Services & PERMATA), Diploma in Early Childhood Education, and Degree (Hons.) in Early Childhood Education while simultaneously working or managing preschools and child care centre since 2006. Her passion in early childhood grew from her mother's teaching and managing experiences in early childhood centres; which makes her feel that she grew up in the early childhood industry.
In 2012, she established a kindergarten and childcare centre in Subang Jaya; developing her centre’s programme for young children that provides a balance between preparation for formal school and child-initiated projects. In 2020, she decided to join the academic world to share her knowledge and experiences gained to inspire future practitioners. She believes that practitioners play a crucial role in advocating for young children and supporting families; being able to facilitate and guide future practitioners at the beginning of their journey into early childhood is a privilege.
At Dika College we are proud of our culture and tradition of producing top-notch teachers who inspire the next generation.
Samantha Lee NouYi specialises in early childhood education, with a particular emphasis on the dynamics of teaching young children using current and new methods. She earned her Masters in Education (Early Childhood) and BSc. Early Childhood Education from University of South Australia.
Samantha has extensive experience in early childhood education, having served in numerous childcare centres, kindergartens and primary schools in Malaysia and Australia. She has 4 years of industrial experience gained from teaching in Australia, which includes working with young children of various age groups – childcare centre (aged 0 – 5), kindergarten (aged 2 – 4) and junior primary school (aged 5 – 8). She also worked as a full time teacher and supervisor in various nurseries and kindergartens in Malaysia for 15 years.
Samantha is determined to deliver high quality education to students in line with the vision of Dika College. She truly believes in lifelong learning and in developing warm and caring relationship with her colleagues and students whom she can learn from and share her knowledge with.
Mr Shashidran graduated from University of East London in MBA and has Cambridge Teaching certificate. He has 15 years of teaching experience both in Business Management & the English language and had managed an English language centre for 6 years. Mr Shashidran strives to encourage students to think beyond the books and course materials to create an intuitive, creative and visionary mindset; ready to face the challenges of the industry.
Education is one of the ways to break through the cycle of poverty, therefore every child deserves the chance to learn and to dream.
Sukie Cheah graduated as a nutritionist, but she discovered her passion and interest in teaching children when she started a short stint in kindergarten in 2005. She was captivated by the children’s cute smiles and sparkles in their eyes when they understood a concept that she taught. She started teaching a class of age 6 children, fell in love with the job and never looked back since. In 2007, she pursued her Master’s in Early Childhood Education from University of Malaya to further her knowledge and experience in this area professionally. This has helped her to excel in the field of early childhood education, especially with children aged between 5 to 6.
Sukie strongly believes that every child deserves an equal opportunity to learn and grow. Each child has an opportunity to be nurtured to reach to their fullest potentials. In order to do so, she encourages the teachers to look into the interest of children and understand their learning abilities to encourage and help them to learn. Working with children is always a two-way interaction, as she has learnt from her 15 years of experience in early childhood education.
We teach our students to treat each child as an individual. We have to be flexible to accommodate everyone as every child is unique.
As a keen enthusiast of music, Venus is known for her creative teaching and learning approaches. She encourages her students to be innovative, current and flexible in their thinking. She also emphasises the importance of keeping up with the changing dynamics of the early years education landscape in Malaysia. Her philosophy in life is: ‘Be passionate in everything you do, by having faith in yourself and the courage to strive for achievements.’
Venus’ music education background and training in special needs has helped her to gain a unique insight into children with special needs. She is a passionate advocate of inclusive education, a system where all students with different abilities are welcomed in one classroom and encouraged to learn together. She believes that educators should be trained not to ‘normalized’ pupils but to have greater acceptance towards individuals with different needs. Her mission is to share experiences and knowledge about special needs to the community to make inclusion successful not just in schools but in the whole community.