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Giving the Refugees Children A Ray of Hope - The Lucky Few

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The Lucky Few
Standing at the entrance to the Tasik Permai Educational Centre, I could hear the happy voices of the children reading aloud. Climbing up the stairs, I reached a classroom where the children were seated on the floor reading, and each had a board to write on. Their teacher was helping them with their pronunciation.
The children greeted us with broad smiles. Obviously they had improved a great deal through the moral education given to them.
Although the five UNHCR Tzu Chi Education Centres are not as spacious as the standard schools, Tzu Chi had renovated and painted the classrooms in order to give the children a conducive environment to study in. All the classrooms are also well lit. Teachers from the Tzu Chi Teachers' Association decorated the walls of the classrooms with educational posters and Jing Si Aphorisms (translated to Malay language). Since their opening in January 2008, a total of 284 refugee children have enrolled in the five centres.

The children learn to read and write, paint and do handicraft. During recess, they play and laugh happily. The centres are indeed their fun land where they learn new knowledge and enjoy a happy childhood.

The children, aged between 7 and 15, are divided into four classes based on their ability, and they are taught English, Malay, Mathematics, Science and Religion. The teachers start with the kindergarten's syllabus; and a review is carried out every three months to check on their progress.

In the last year, they recorded a 75% attendance and 90% passing rate in their year-end examinations. In comparison to some 7,000 refugee children in Malaysia who are still unable to receive education, these children are truly the lucky few!


I Can Read and Write Now
Upon completion of their exercise, a few girls excitedly showed their exercise books and read out what they had written to the volunteers.

Twelve-year-old Halimah happily told the volunteer, "I can read and write now. My neighbours won't make fun of me anymore."

Prior to the set-up of the educational centres, Halimah did not have the opportunity to go to school. As an illiterate and a refugee, she developed an inferiority complex and also realized that she was different from the Malay children in her neighbourhood who could all read and write. She felt sad when other children made fun of her.
She truly enjoys studying at the UNHCR Tzu Chi Education Centre as she has made good friends and met great teachers there. She hopes to become a teacher one day.

On a hospital visit, Halimah's mother noticed that her daughter could read the signboards there. "Now wherever I go, I would bring her along so that I won't lose my way," said the mother.
Like many refugee children, even though Halimah will not receive any academic certificate from the Malaysian Education Department, she could at least study happily. 


 

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Jing-Si Aphorism