Pioneer school for stateless kids

Kota Kinabalu: A pioneer national curriculum-based education centre for undocumented children in Sabah has been set up in Kg Numbak, Menggatal, near here.

The Ministry project is a first-of-its-kind initiative by the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) in collaboration with the Sabah Special Task Force Sabah and Labuan, and Malaysian Teacher’s Foundation.

Deputy Education Minister, Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi, said the Centre would implement alternative education for children with no documents, incomplete documents and non-citizens.

“The Centre in Kg Numbak enables 250-300 children to learn basic education that focuses on the 3M concept – reading, writing and arithmetic.

The children will also acquire knowledge on Islamic education, moral education and Malaysian nationalism.

“This positive move will not only eradicate illiteracy in the country but is also an effort to produce quality human capital with good morals and a high spirit of patriotism,” he said, when opening the Educare Centre, Saturday.

Under this alternative education, he said the Ministry would act as a coordinating agency, while other organisations and government agencies like the Education Department, private sector and non-governmental organisations are allowed to implement the alternative education by complying with certain requirements set by the ministry.

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