Second learning centre for stateless children

SANDAKAN: The Ministry of Education in collaboration and support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) has set up its second learning centre for stateless and paperless children in Sabah.

The first centre is in Kg Numbak in Menggatal, Kota Kinabalu while the second opened yesterday is located in Kg Bahagia, near here.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap who opened the learning centre said the government with Unicef and the Federal Special Task Force (FSTF) have found a need to set up such learning centre, which focuses on reading, writing and counting apart from skill education, religious and moral studies, and general knowledge on Malaysia.

“The government realized that these children could not meet the conditions for them to be enrolled in government schools to receive formal education.

“However, this alternative education for them will give them an insight and experience on the importance of receiving education,” she said.

According to her, the ministry carried out a study in 2009 to obtain accurate information on these children.

“From the study, we found that among the main reasons, they could not receive education was due to the absence of proper documents whether they are citizens or not,” she said.

Subsequently, the ministry issued a circular to allow Malaysian children who do not have complete documents to study in government schools and government-aided schools.

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