LifeBridge Learning Centre

Overview

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. The school runs half a day from Monday to Thursday. Transportation is a must for the students because without which they cannot attend school. There are 2 vans that take 3 trips to and fro the school.

The centre is using a mixture of Malaysian and Singaporean syllabus. They are teaching mathematics and science in English. There are voluntary teachers that come in once a week to teach art. Sometimes, when a group wants to come in to teach a certain topic, they will arrange to accommodate it. Our alumna, Dr Long Soo Peng, and the IMU Cares team conducted a needs assessment of the school. We found that the students often succumb to medical illnesses and lack the affordable access to medical healthcare. Recently, Qualitas clinics have agreed to attend to UNHCR registered refugees at a capped fee. Lion’s Club of Georgetown agreed to collaborate to raise funds and create a medical fund for the students at the centre.

Meanwhile, the students still need medical screening for lice, which is a recurrent health issue, and other communicable diseases. Health record cards are provided by IMU Cares to each student to ensure continuity of healthcare, particularly in tracing immunisation status. The students also need to be educated in relevant health issues to reduce the incidence of contracting illnesses. IMU alumni who are within the vicinity of Seberang Perai may contact the project leader to find out ways to be involved in this project.


Objectives

Kids

  • To ensure that the refugee children have better access to healthcare.
  • To educate the children and the staff of LifeBridge Learning Centre about key issues in health.

Target Audience

  • Refugee children

Project Details

If you are interested to know more or have any enquiries on this project, kindly drop an email to the project leader below.

Project Leader: Dr Long Soo Peng (Alumna)
Email: soopeng85@gmail.com
Community Partners: LifeBridge Learning Centre

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