United Learning Centre

Overview

United Learning Centre (ULC) is a volunteer driving centre providing children of Burmese and Myanmar refugees with an education. These children do not have access to schools in Malaysia due to their parents’ refugee status. The centre provides education for the children to help prepare them for resettlement in a third country, without this education, especially learning the English language, most of these children end up begging on the streets or be victims of human traffickers. School equipment such as computers, books and meals, as well as activities to complete the education process for a school going to children, are all provided by ULC through public donations.

Activities conducted:

  1. English tuition was conducted by Asian Medical Student Association (AMSA) under leadership of IMU students. The project name is ‘Dream Bigger; Reaching Out’.

Objectives

Kids

  • To improve general health status of all residents of ULC through health monitoring and education.
  • To empower the residents of ULC to be self-reliant in maintaining their personal hygiene, sanitation and cleanliness of the centre.

Target Audience

  • Caregivers
  • Volunteer Teachers
  • Refugee Children

 

IMU Cares Integration with MPU (U4) Module

Many student groups have been conducting community service projects at existing IMU Cares Community Partners as part of their MPU (U4) project. Find below the list of activities that students can undertake as part of their MPU (U4) project. Each student group may select one of the following – to conduct different types of activities like:

  1. To follow-up and develop on ongoing projects
     
    Tuition
    Project Advisor: *To be informed soon
    IMU students whom are interested to mentor children at ULC may liaise with AMSA to develop their project to educate the children on other subjects such as general knowledge, science and economics. The children learning progress will be recorded in the provided logbook as outcome measurements. Interested student must be responsible and dedicated in mentoring the children throughout the learning process.
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  3. To introduce new projects
     
    First Aid Skills / Life Support Skills
    Project Advisor: Dr Kenny Voon
    IMU students whom are interested to conduct First Aids training to the children may liaise with First Aid club to provide the training. Basic training will be conducted on March- May 2017. Follow-up with advanced training shall be conducted. The objective of this project is to empower the older residents to take care of the younger age. Outcomes will be measured by establishing first aid protocol to be adopted by ULC.

     
    Nutrition Assessment
    Nutrition assessment will be conducted on March- May 2017 to access the baseline diet intake will be taken and recommendation intake will be advised. Vegetable garden will be established so that the residents will be self-reliant on planting their own vegetables or fruit. Outcomes will be measured by monitoring the BMI values and other parameters. Follow-up monitoring of BMI and other parameters will be required. Students are encouraged to propose follow-up visits.

     
    Waste Recycling
    Project Advisor: Dr Kenny Voon
    Waste recycling will be conducted on March- May 2017. Residents and students will work together to clean the ULC interior and exterior compound. Waste recycling will be educated to the ULC residents to empower them to be self-resilient in separating their waste. Outcomes will be measured by establishing waste separation protocols to be adopted by ULC. Follow-up monitoring and study on the impact of waste recycling to ULC are required.

     
    Basic Health Screening
    Project Advisor: Dr Htet Htet (Norah)
    IMU students whom are interested to conduct basic health screening are encouraged to submit proposal. Upon identifying those that required medication/treatment, they will be referred to nearby Qualitas clinic. Outcomes are measured by number of residents being referred and their prognosis after treatment/medication. This will be done annually.

     
    Head Lice and Bed Bugs Reduction
    Project Advisor : Dr Khaw Loke Tim
    IMU students whom are interested to conduct head lice and bed bugs reduction are encouraged to submit proposal. Residents of ULC will be educated on the impact of head lice and bed bugs on their lives and how to reduce it. Outcomes will be measured by number of head lices and bed bugs being reduced. Residents of ULC will also be empowered to maintain the personal hygiene and cleanliness of their beds through education.

 

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 Kenny Voon
Email: kenny_voon@imu.edu.my
Community Partners: United 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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