Education Program

As a result of the Malaysian government not being a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention, the status of refugees and asylum seekers remains unrecognised in Malaysia. As a result, children of refugee and asylum seeker parents cannot enter public schools in Malaysia whilst the costs of learning at private schools are too much for them to bear. To address this issue, MSRI provides education from pre-school all the way to secondary level for children of refugee and asylum seeker background.
MSRI Preschool & Kindergarten Programme

MSRI Preschool and Kindergarten Programme offers early childhood education to over 30 children between 4 to 6 years of age. The programme includes an introduction to English, Mathematics and Science in an age appropriate format and in preparation for Primary Education. Lessons and activities within this programme are conducted from 8.00 am to 12.30 pm on Monday to Friday.

MSRI Primary & Secondary Education Programme

The MSRI Education Programme provides full-time schooling to over 380 refugee and asylum seeker children aged 6 to 18. Classes are conducted in English and cover 4 main subjects, namely Mathematics, Science, English, and Social Studies. When opportunities arise, we include classes on Health, Sports, Computers, and other recreational and educational activities inside and outside of the classroom.

To cope with the increased enrollment, MSRI Primary and Secondary Education Programme operate from Monday to Friday in 2 sessions - morning and afternoon. Following the Malaysian school calendar, the school year runs from January to November.

The MSRI Education Programme is run by a team of dedicated paid staff and volunteers, many of whom are refugees or asylum seekers themselves. The Education Programme brings together children from very different backgrounds and teaches them key values to help them grow in peace and harmony with others. The existing curriculum also helps students achieve a standard of education that can help them transition into the schooling system of countries where they may get resettled.

For those students unable to be enrolled in our Education Programme due to our limited capacity, MSRI supports their home schooling by providing them with textbooks and allowing them to sit the exams.

Our Education Programme also helps children and their families attain a sense of normality in their lives, as the parents are given the opportunity access other services while the children receive education.