RYTHM Foundation is an advocate for an inclusive educational environment that allows children of all abilities, equal access to quality education. Taarana was established in Malaysia in 2011 when the Foundation identified a dire need for resources and support for children with special learning needs, and their families. Through our work with Taarana, we hope not just to raise awareness about the importance of special needs education, but also help change attitudes and practices associated with special children. RYTHM Foundation is proud to contribute to UN SDG 4 that strives to provide every child with equal access and opportunity to knowledge and learning to unlock their potential.
Our main focus under the education pillar is the empowerment of individuals in the field of special learning needs and in line with this a centre for children with special learning needs, called TAARANA was set up in May 2011.
TAARANA means ‘Awakening’ in Sanskrit and was established as a centre for children with special education needs. TAARANA is currently catering up to 53 children within the age group of 6-16 who face challenges with the regular school curriculum and have delayed development academically, socially and adaptively. This includes those with mild intellectual abilities such as ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Down Syndrome, Learning Disability, Sensory-Integration Disorder, Speech Impairment, Global Development Delay, Impulsive Behaviour, Mild Intellectual Impairment and Mild Autism Spectrum Syndrome
We provide programmes suitable for all our students, understanding their strengths and weakness. Thus, each student follows and Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) that allows them to make progress at their own pace.
Our early year programmes are based on intensive intervention model, which recognises the importance of early intervention. We also provide intermediate programmes which prepares our students both academically and functionally. Our academic programmes follow modified mainstream curriculum. Our prevocational programme trains students for independent living.
By regularly getting involved and engaging with these children, we hope to help them make a smooth transition into society and be able to live meaningful lives.