Refugee children in Malaysia are denied access to the formal education system. This leaves informal community-based learning centres as their only option.

On this episode of Southeast Asia Dispatches, Deborah Augustin speaks to Htoi San Nhkum, director of the Kachin Refugee Learning Center, and Abeera Abdullah, a Fugee School alumni and the co-founder of Project Stand Up. They tell Deborah about their educational experience in learning centres here in Malaysia and the impact the pandemic has had on the informal education system for refugee children.

To find out more, please read this article by Emily Fishbein and Jaw Tu Hkawng about how refugees in Malaysia are facing a widening school gap.

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Jaw Tu Hkawng

Jaw Tu Hkawng is from Kachin State and is pursuing a law degree in Malaysia, where he has also been a volunteer teacher at a Kachin community school since 2014. As a writer and activist, he advocates for peace, human rights and education. Jaw Tu Hkawng berasal dari Negeri Kachin dan sedang melanjutkan pelajaran dalam bidang undang-undang di Malaysia, di mana dia juga pernah menjadi guru sukarela di sebuah sekolah komuniti Kachin sejak tahun 2014. Sebagai seorang penulis dan aktivis, dia memperjuangkan keamanan, hak asasi manusia dan pendidikan.
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Emily Fishbein

Emily Fishbein is a freelance journalist focusing on issues related to conflict and displacement, human rights, and social justice in Myanmar and Malaysia. အေမလီဖိရှ်ဘီမ်း(အ်) သည် မြန်မာနိုင်ငံနှင့် မလေးရှားနိုင်ငံတို့၏ ပဋိမက္ခ၊ စစ်ဘေးရှောင်၊ လူ့အခွင့်အရေး နှင့် လူမှုရေးတရားမျှတရေးနှင့်ဆိုင်သော အကြောင်းအရာကို အဓိကထား လုပ်ဆောင်နေသော အလွှတ်တမ်းသတင်းသမားတစ်ဦးဖြစ်ပါသည်။ Emily Fishbein adalah seorang wartawan bebas yang memfokuskan pada isu-isu yang berkaitan dengan konflik dan anjakan paksa, hak asasi manusia, dan keadilan sosial di Myanmar dan Malaysia.
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Deborah Augustin

Deborah Germaine Augustin is a Malaysian writer and researcher. Previously, she worked as a Parliamentary Assistant for the MP of Kelana Jaya. She is currently working on a cross-genre chapbook about immigration in the United States. She is New Naratif's Member Engagement Coordinator. Reach her at deborah.augustin@newnaratif.com.

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