MSRI Education Programme

Due to the Malaysian government’s 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. The children enrolled in MSRI Education Programme are being taught subjects such as Mathematics, History, Social Science and Geography, which are based on international school curriculum, which can help them transition into the schooling system of countries where they may get resettled. In enabling children to better adapt in Malaysia and the next country of resettlement, all lessons are conducted in English. Our programme also includes sports, computer classes and extracurricular activities, depending on additional funding.

MSRI Education Programme is being run by a dedicated team of paid staff whom are mostly refugees and asylum seekers. Individuals from these communities are appointed not only due to their skills and experience, but also for capacity building within their communities.
Preschool Programme (SSC1)

Pre Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Daycare: The pre-kindergarten and kindergarten offer education to around 30 children between 4 and 6 years of age. The programme includes an introduction to English, Mathematics and Science in an age appropriate format and in preparation for school. while the daycare provides support to young children whose parents are working at the SSC or attending any of the classes or trainings. The preschool programme opens from Monday to Thursday from 9.30am to 4.00pm and in 2016 it will also open on Fridays from 9.30 am to 1 pm.
Primary & Secondary School Programme (SSC2)

The School Programme provides full time schooling to around 100 children aged 6 to 18. The Primary school programme offers education to children aged 6 to 13 spread across grades 1 to 6, while the Secondary School Programme provides education to students aged 13 to 18 distributed in grades 7 to 12. The classes are conducted in English and cover 4 main subjects: 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 the classroom.

The SSC School provides classes Monday to Thursday 9.30am to 4.00pm and Friday 9.30 am to 1.00 pm. The school year runs from August to June; it is divided into two semesters; the first semester runs from August to January, having a one-week break in October. The second semester runs from January to June, having a one-week break in March. In addition, the school follows the main Malaysian and State holidays plus religious holidays. During the school holidays the SSC School offers a Fun Camp.

The SSC School is run by a dedicated team of paid staff (depending on funding) and volunteers. Our team includes a school manager, teachers, admin staff, a counselor and canteen staff, many of whom are themselves refugees or asylum seekers. The School brings together children from very different backgrounds and teaches them key values to help them grow in peace and harmony with others. The School 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 access our School 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 to normalise their lives and the lives of their families while providing parents with the opportunity to access other services.