Little Flower Learning Centre

Overview

Little Flower Learning Centre is a UNHCR affiliated school for refugee children from Myanmar, which is located at Seremban. 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. Last year, they had part-time volunteer teachers. This year, they are awaiting active involvement of the local community for generous contribution, as their budget is very limited. 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. At present, 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.

Activities conducted:

  1. Learning resources
    The school’s syllabus will be evaluated and compared against other standard syllabus available. A pre-intervention test will be conducted to assess the proficiency level of the children, which will determine the relevancy of the learning resources. Textbooks, exercise books and other resources will be provided. This also include classroom furniture such as shelves, tables and chairs.
  2. English tuition
    From the evaluation of the English proficiency, the children will be given assistance in English tuition by IMU students. The syllabus will include essential living and social skills such as telling the time, counting money, greetings, etc. This will be facilitated by the learning resources. The children’s tuition can also be tracked using the IMU Cares Learning Logbook, to ensure that there is a continuity in teaching and learning.
  3. Computer literacy workshops
    IMU Cares will donate computers to the school. The ITS department will provide workshops to teach the children on basic computer skills. This will allow them to be able to utilise computers to facilitate their learning.
  4. Health education
    The children are lacking support in health education. The children will be taught on basic hygiene, such as hand-washing, hair-washing and teeth-brushing. The children will also be educated on nutritional and dietary health.
  5. Medical screening
    The refugee children are susceptible to preventable and treatable illnesses like head lice and skin conditions (like scabies). Medical students from the Clinical Campus can be involved in the clinical assessment, treatment and follow-up of the children under supervision of IMU staff.
  6. Dental screening
    The refugee children are not educated regarding oral hygiene and they lack affordable access to the dental services in Malaysia. The dental students can be involved in the clinical assessment, treatment and follow-up of the children under supervision of IMU staff.

Objectives

Kids

  • To impart health awareness and health education.
  • To improve the children’s proficiency in English.
  • To improve the children’s basic computer skills.
  • To help organise the education syllabus and provide appropriate learning resources.

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 Ravindranath Shroff
Email: ravindranath@imu.edu.my
Community Partners: Little Flower Learning Centre

Serving the community is a manifestation of the University's core values but also as part of experiential learning, generally, a very effective form of learning - Walking the Talk.

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