Like all children, refugee children have the fundamental right to life, survival and development to the maximum extent possible. However, living in exile, refugee children are often denied normal childhoods. Security fears make everyday activities, like playing outdoors, difficult. Refugee children in Malaysia also do not have access to formal education.
  • In Malaysia, there are some 33,640 refugee children below the age of 18 registered with UNHCR.
  • Some 21,880 of these children are of school-going age. However, it is estimated that only approximately 28% of these children have access to any kind of education. This means over 70% of refugee children of school going age are not in school.
  • Unable to access formal education, refugee communities establish community-based schooling for their children, and these are often held under resource-scarce conditions.

Schools for refugee children
Refugee children who have access to education in Malaysia attend either education projects run by UNHCR in partnership with Non-Governmental Organisations, or community-based education classes organised by the refugee communities themselves.

Refugee School Adoption Programme
The Refugee School Adoption Programme is an opportunity for concerned individuals and organisations in Malaysia to explore avenues for supporting educational programmes for refugee children.                    
Be a Volunteer
UNHCR volunteers are a dedicated group of individuals who selflessly offer their time, resources and expertise to assist refugees and asylum seekers living in Malaysia. They assist with an extremely diverse range of projects including education. Learn more on how to be a volunteer.
Project Self Help
Project Self Help is an innovative new programme launched by the HELP Education Group and the UNHCR to give young refugees a chance to learn new skills for the future.

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