Advocacy

MSRI Sahabat Secondary Education Programme

by Malaysian Social Research Institute

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THE PROBLEM


 We have close to 100 teenage refugee boys studying at our school, which is about half the number of girls. Whilst our girls' attendance remains constant and promising even for online learning sessions throughout the Movement Control Order (MCO), our boys have not been regular to class.

The prolonged MCO period in Malaysia has impacted thousands of refugee families economically, many lost their sources of income doing odd jobs. Malaysia is not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention, thus asylum seekers and refugees are living here without any legal framework for their protection. This means, as a transit country, Malaysia does not recognise refugees and asylum seekers access to basic needs such as formal education, healthcare, and employment.

This reality proves to be very challenging particularly for refugees who are vulnerable group such as children, women and the elderlies. UNHCR Malaysia and CSO partners are implementing programmes to support girls and women but little is done to support teenage boys.

Boys, once they age out will be categorised as adult with lesser protection given compared to girls of the same age group.

Teenage boys are expected to shoulder responsibilities similar to the head of the family. We observed our male students have not been regular to school or not performing well during assessments compared to girls. A brief unofficial investigation was carried out to understand this new trend. The feedback is worrying because we found out that a number of our male students are made to work part time as delivery boys or collectors of recyclable items for a few days in a week even during schooling days. Families impacted by the loss of income due to the MCO need to work extra hard for their subsistence, thus teenage boys are sent out to find jobs. Given the choice between allocating some funds for children's education and buying food for the family, parents would choose the latter.

We are very concerned about our boys dropping out of school. 

 

THE SOLUTION


 We are exploring funding opportunities from corporate bodies and online crowdfunding platforms to support monthly tuition fees and learning materials for our boys

The funds collected will also be used for capacity building programmes for boys and parents. When girls and women are widely supported for their protection needs and wellbeing, boys aged between 16 -18 years old are considered as young adults capable of fending for themselves. This is not necessarily true particularly for those who have been missing school for a prolonged period of time,

 

THE IMPACT


Secondary education will enable our male students to find better job opportunities or start something on their own, thus this gives them a better chance at building a dignified life with their families.

Goal Breakdown

Goal 1 - RM125 per student x 100 students x 3 months . Amount Needed: MYR37,500.00

Goal 2 - Administration fees. Amount Needed: MYR7,500.00

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Malaysian Social Research Institute


WHO WE ARE


Malaysian Social Research Institute (MSRI) is primarily a service delivery non-profit organisation working with refugee and asylum-seeker communities whose country of origins are those within the Middle Eastern, Central Asian and African regions; which include Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Syria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Our services focus on education, health, livelihood and emergency support. MSRI has 3 core programmes, namely an education programme for children (from 4 to 18 years of age) and adults, a family health programme offering primary healthcare, mental health and outreach services, and a community service programme offering vocational training, livelihood and support services ranging from emergency support to case management.

 

MSRI also serves marginalised Malaysians with aids for education, food and livelihood needs.

 

MSRI is registered with the Registrar of Companies under the Companies Act 1965. All cash donations to MSRI are LHDN tax deductible effective 2019 until 2023.

 

VISION

Create equitable and sustainable opportunities for the under-privileged, disadvantaged, marginalised or vulnerable individuals or groups in Malaysia, regardless of race, religion or origin, to thrive in life.

 

 

MISSION

Carry out quality and impactful humanitarian services, research, publication and advocacy work on socio-economic issues for the benefit of the needy, under-privileged, disadvantaged, marginalised or vulnerable individuals or groups including Orang Asli, refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia, regardless of race, religion or origin.

 

1. We are responsible and committed to MSRI’s Vision and Mission.

 

2. We support our clients based on mutual respect, whilst ensuring confidentiality;

 

3. We are accountable and transparent in what we do;

 

4. Our work will be done in accordance with the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and operational independence;

 

5. As a learning organisation we

●     Promote knowledge and learning

●     Take criticism, feedback and suggestions for improvement seriously

●     Work as a team

●     Promote personal development

●     Value diversity and promote mutual respect

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