Projects under Schools

SK Methodist PJ

SK Methodist PJ is located at Jalan 5/37, Petaling Jaya. It is a government-supported national school providing quality primary education for children aged 7 to 12 years. Facilities available in the school include a well-equipped library with internet access, a hall for school assembly and indoor games, a clean canteen providing affordable food and a court for recreational activities. The school administration have always welcomed IMU students and staff to carry out various activities, particularly English workshops.
Year started: 2014
Project leader: Dr Katrina Chung

Chinese Taipei School (KL) Kindergarten

This project was approved in 2016. A pre-visit to the kindergarten was conducted and discussion was carried out with the headmistress to discuss on the educational needs to the children. Hence, the 1st project was aimed to empower dental hygiene and nutrition awareness among the children. Two visits were conducted in year-2016, which were on 25th August and 8th September. There are 180 students aged 4 to 6 years old.
Year started: 2016
Project leader: Dr Sobia Bilal

SK Brickfields 1

SK Brickfields 1 is a government primary school located at Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur. There are 481 students and 32 of these children have special needs. From our preliminary assessment and the feedback from the school staff, some students lack knowledge and skills in practising proper personal hygiene. From observation, some of the students were also noted to appear stunted and underweight.
Year started: 2017
Project leader: Assoc Prof Datin Safiah bt. Mohd Yusof

SM Pendidikan Khas (Cacat Penglihatan) Setapak

The SM Pendidikan Khas (Cacat Penglihatan) Setapak is a government secondary school for the visually impaired. The school offers special education (government syllabus) in Form 1 to 5 with a total of 146 students. There is a hostel provided for students. About 60 percent of the children are partially blind, and 40 percent are totally blind. A few students have comorbidities such as diabetes and epilepsy under follow-up at HKL. The school has an eye clinic established by HUKM for screening and treatment.
Year started: 2017
Project leader: Assoc Prof Muneer Gohar Babar

Dignity for Children Foundation (DFC), Sentul

Dignity for children foundation (DFC) is one of the implementing partners of UNHCR since 2004. It serves as a one-stop community-learning centre for the urban poor and underprivileged and runs educational programmes for children from ages 2 to 17. DFC has been an IMU community partner since 2014. Since 2014, numerous activities have been conducted over projects which aim to improve the educational and health situation for underprivileged children and youth in Dignity.
Year started: 2014
Project leader: Dr Jayakumar Jayaraman

United Learning Centre (ULC), Imbi

United Learning Centre (ULC) is a volunteer driven centre that provides education for refugee children from Myanmar. These children do not have access to government schools in Malaysia due to their refugee status. This centre provides education for the children to help prepare them for resettlement in a third country. Without basic education, especially learning the English language, most of these children end up begging on the streets or become victims of human trafficking. School equipment such as computers, books and meals, as well as activities that enhance the education process, are all provided by ULC with the help of public donations and assistance.
Year started: 2016
Project leader: Dr Kenny Voon

Lautu Education Centre (LEC), Pudu

The Lautu Education Centre is an organization which focuses on the welfare of refugee children from Myanmar aged between 5 and 14 years old. The Lautu Education Center is also part of the Malaysian Christian Fellowship since the 18th of January 2010 with Bawi Kung being its chairman. The centre thrives to provide English language lessons, I.T. lessons, and Music classes. The UNHCR is responsible in providing salary for the teachers, however. The centre’s goal is to optimize students’ performance and achievement, cultivate positivity towards learning and improve social competence in students. As of 1st of April 2016, there were 4 teachers, a cook, and 45 students in the centre. 30 of the students are under 12 years old and the rest are above 12 years of age.
Year started: 2016
Project leader: Dr Htar Htar Aung

ACR Learning Centre, Pudu

ACR Learning Centre is an educational centre established by the Alliance of Chin Refugees (ACR) to provide a more structured form of education for the underprivileged refugee children in the vicinity of Pudu KL. There are approximately 250 children supported by ACR Learning Centre of varying ages.
Year started: 2017
Project leader: Assoc Prof Farida Hussan

Little Flower Learning Centre (LFLC), Seremban

Little Flower Learning Centre (LFLC) is a UNHCR affiliated school for refugee children from Myanmar, which is located at Seremban, Negeri Sembilan. There are around 67 children in the school from the age of 7 to 14 years old. Their parents work locally, though they usually work in other states. There are 3 teachers at the school. There are 3 classrooms in 3 different sites within walking distance. The children are divided into 3 groups for teaching, based on their age and proficiency. Presently, they require teaching materials suited to their level of education. They also need classroom furniture, like shelves for books and additional tables. They have a few computers and we plan to provide basic computer literacy.
Year started: 2017
Project leader: Assoc Prof Arshad Ikram

ROH Community School Seremban

The Rohingyas are refugees who have been displaced from their homeland, Myanmar. They have been refugees in Malaysia for the last 20 years. There are several challenges faced by this group of people such as lack of formal education, and vulnerable to compromising situations. ROH Community School Seremban is a learning centre dedicated for the refugee children within the community that is located in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan. It was established in 2014, attended by 51 students aged 4-12 years old. The students are divided into 3 groups (beginner, intermediate, advanced) based on their literacy level. There are 2 teachers funded by the UNHCR, who teach English, mathematics and Bahasa Malaysia. There is another young volunteer teacher who also teaches regularly. The teachers follow the curriculum set by the Malaysian Ministry of Education. The school hours are from 7.30AM – 1.00PM and religious studies are taught from 2.30PM – 4.00PM on Mondays – Thursdays. The school is deeply in need of help in terms of learning resources and classroom furniture.
Year started: 2017
Project leader: Dr Meenal Mavinkurve

ROH Community School Kluang

ROH Community School Kluang is a learning centre for refugee children located in Kluang, Johor, that is supported by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Soroptimist International Club Iskander Puteri (SIIP). Together, they are dealing with health issues, children education and other support for the Rohingya refugee community. The community school is located at a shop lot, where 40 children attend the school. The community consist of 1,000 families with financial and health issues.
Year started: 2017
Project leader: Dr Vijayaraghavan Ramanathan

LifeBridge Learning Centre (LBLC), Penang

LifeBridge Learning Centre is a school for the urban poor and refugee children established in 2011. It is supported by UNHCR and is located at Seberang Perai, Penang. Presently, there are 96 students with ages ranging from 7-14 years old. There is standard 1, 2, 3, and upper primary. Some students of the upper primary will be given more advance work to do if they show promise. Right now, there is no class for Form 1 yet.
Year started: 2017
Project leader: Dr Long Soo Peng (alumna)

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