Mobile Tutor Group for Refugees
UNMC MOBILE TUTOR GROUP WITH FOCUS ON TUTORING FOR REFUGEES: A CSR PROJECT FUNDED BY CASCADE
by Faye Chong and Hii Ching Lik
Under the current political scenario, basic survival of refugees especially children has been difficult, for instance, refugee children are not allowed to attend Government funded schools. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), out of the 20,000 refugee children in Malaysia with 12,000 of them at school-age, only 7,000 children are participating in the very basic education programs available in the 126 UNCHR registered refugee schools in Malaysia.
Around November 2015, UNMC Blue Sky project was initiated by the IEM Student Section, IChemE Student Chapter and IMechE Student chapter of UNMC and supported by the Faculty of Engineering. One of the aims of this project is to form a mobile tutor group that consists of volunteers (students and staffs) from UNMC campus with focus on providing tuition for refugee children currently living in Malaysia. The inaugural tutoring activity took place at Batu Caves (28th Nov 2015) supporting a program hosted by the CyberCare Youth Organization for 80 Rohingya children aged from 8 to 15. On 5th December 2015, the mobile tutor group also volunteered at Sentul Chin Student Organization for 30 children from Chin, Myanmar.
Since May 2016, the mobile tutor group in partnership with UNHCR-Tzu Chi Education Centre have provided tutoring program to refugee children in Ampang and Selayang. To date, almost 30 volunteers (both students and staffs) have volunteered at these centres every Saturday. One of the student volunteers, Mei Xiang said “I volunteer in this project because it is a chance for me to give something back to the community and make a difference to these children”.
Recently, the UNMC Blue Sky team was awarded a grant from CASCADE: funding transformative student projects thanks to donations from alumni and friends of The University of Nottingham. This will help to advance UNMC Mobile Tutor Group to gain more publicity and involvement from the UNMC community in this very special CSR program.
by JG Khor on Wednesday, 21 September 2016
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