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What’s the situation in Malaysia?

A significant number of indigenous children in Peninsula Malaysia do not have access to pre-school education.

All standard one classes assume that students would already have basic reading, writing and mathematic skills. However, indigenous children attend Standard One in hope to read, write and count. This puts them at a significant disadvantage right from the start.

As such, it is not surprising that many of them fail to catch up with the national school syllabus and eventually drop out from school.

Most Orang Asli children enter Standard 1 without basic knowledge in reading, writing and mathematics skills.
7029 indigenous children in Peninsula Malaysia have never been to school.
Only 6 out of 100 Orang Asli children who enter Standard 1, complete their Form Five 11 years later.

Effects on children

Without access to proper education, many indigenous communities will continue to be trapped within the vicious cycle of poverty and struggle to be self-sustainable.

What is SUKA doing?

Empowered 2 Teach was developed in response to the challenges faced by the indigenous community with regards to education. It aims to empower the indigenous community by giving them a greater access to education.

The project provides training, support and resources for the indigenous communities to start their own pre-school education classes within their rural villages.

We do this by training and equipping indigenous teachers who are recommended by their village leaders based on their strong desire to educate children. With support in starting their classrooms, they will then teach up to 25 young children on a regular basis.

Currently, the project is supporting six indigenous pre-school classes located in the villages near Slim River, Gopeng, Gerik and Gua Musang. There are currently over 150 students between the ages of 4 and 6 years old attending the pre-school classes regularly.

We also started an after school program for primary school going children in Tasik Bera. The after school classes assist the weaker Orang Asli children cope with their school work. There are about 30 young children between the ages of 7 and 12 years benefitting from the classes regularly.

 

Empowered 2 Teach is an initiative set up to provide Orang Asli children with an important foundation level of education, through the efforts of indigenous teachers from their own communities. Click to read their inspiring stories!

How can you help?

Donate school supplies like stationery, art and craft materials, storybooks, and teaching aids.
Provide regular English training for Orang Asli teachers in their respective villages.
Sponsor an indigenous teacher. It only costs RM40 to run a class of 25 students a day.
Conduct fundraising and awareness efforts to highlight the challenges faced by the indigenous community and their efforts in providing education to their children.
Share stories written by our Orang Asli teachers from our Empowered2Teach.org to inspire others to show concern towards the challenges faced by the Orang Asli communities.