KULAI: Humanitarian Care Malaysia (MyCare) is in the midst of building a special school to cater to the education needs of Rohingya children seeking refuge in the country.
Its board of trustee member, Dr Mohd Zin Kandar, said the school would be located in Serdang, Selangor, and is expected to be completed and fully operational by the middle of next month.
“We cannot accept all the children as there are too many of them and plan to have a vetting system to enable the school to take in about 40 Rohingya children aged 12 years and below to begin with.
“The school, which will be the first of its kind in Malaysia, will offer more comprehensive and systematic ways where the syllabus will involve both academic and religious studies,” he added.
Dr Mohd Zin said MyCare’s focus was on the education needs of Rohinya refugees so that one day the school could produce students who are able to further their studies at a higher level and serve their community better.
“If the school in Serdang turns out to be a success story, then with more funds, we could build similar schools in other states, including Johor, in future to help the children,” he said after presenting aid together with Omani Society for Humanitarian Work to 18 Rohingya community leaders in Kulai Besar here.
Dr Mohd Zin, who is also the state MyCare chairman, said the NGO hoped to raise RM500,000 to help upgrade 15 Rohingya community schools in Johor where the children get their basic education.
He added that there were about 150,000 Rohingya refugees living in Malaysia, with 6,500 of them in Johor.
“As the majority of the Rohingyas arrived with refugee status, they are deprived of employment and the right to send their children to proper schools, which is why their community leaders set up community schools in the area they are living in.
“At the schools, their children are being taught how to read, speak and converse in Bahasa Malaysia as well as English, and taught Islamic studies,” he said.
He added that MyCare would discuss the matter with Omani Society for Humanitarian Work to raise funds.
“Omani is an international organisation that appoints MyCare to help the Rohingya community both in Malaysia and Rakhine state.
SOURCE: The Star Online-