Although refugee children in Malaysia have the fundamental right to study, they are often denied normal childhoods and do not have access to formal education. Based on the data from UNHCR, some 21,880 of refugee children are school-going age; however, only approximately 28% of these have access to proper education, which means over 70% of refugee children have to attend schools run by NGO, or classes organized by refugee communities themselves.
United Learning Centre (ULC) in Malaysia is located in Bukit Bintang. It is a volunteered school providing children of Burmese refugees with education. It helps the children to prepare for resettlement, and with its education, most of the children stay away from begging on the streets and learn basic knowledge for living.
After knowing the shortage condition of this school, we decided to go with some books and sports goods, which would enable students to read something new and take exercise after school.
In the school, we played a game named "Guess What It Is" with students. Students were divided into groups and two of them were picked, one of which was asked to describe the animal drawn on the paper in English, and the other one guesses what it was with his/her eyes covered. Learning English through activities is a good way for students to practice oral English.
Playing with school children in Malaysia
After the game, we played with them on the playground. "Students long to take exercise, like playing basketball, football, badminton, even table tennis!" Wanda, Assistant Sales Manager and one of our volunteers of this visit said, "But just a few of them have the chance to play because of the lack of sports equipment. We hope we can bring them with more supplies, more chances as well."
Taking photo with students in Malaysia