Teacher Development Program for Teachers of Refugees in Malaysia
According to UNHCR's latest figures, there are 154,400 refugees and asylum-seekers registered with the agency in Malaysia. Majority of the refugees and asylum-seekers are from Myanmar, Pakistan, Yemen, Syria, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Palestine. There are 40,540 refugee children below the age of 18.
Refugee children in Malaysia do not have access to formal education system. UNHCR and local and international NGOs have built community learning centers for refugee children. The same organizations also ensure the sustainability of the programs, the quality of education, and the safety of the students. Some of the volunteer and full-time teachers in the community learning centers have no formal background in education. This is why Asian Education Network and Al-Hasan Volunteer Network partnered to help in filling the gaps by delivering teacher development programs for both volunteer and full-time teachers in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.
The initial training program provided an introduction to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) to the participants. The program involved two weeks of online classes and two days of face-to-face classes in Brickfields Asia College, Kuala Lumpur. Details of the course is available for download through this link.
The long-term goal of the program is to offer continuous support and provide a variety of teacher development opportunities for teachers of refugees in Malaysia. By providing teachers more opportunities to grow, they can better teach and inspire their students. Organizations and individuals who wish to help in reaching the goal are encouraged to reach out by filling out the form below.