UNHCR Tzu-Chi Education Centres

Refugee children in Malaysia are denied access to the formal education system, and thus obtain education via an informal parallel system of community-based learning centres.

Tzu Chi KL & Selangor began to extend humanitarian aid to refugees in Malaysia in 2004. In 2007, Tzu Chi and UNHCR signed an MoU on the enhancement of mutual cooperation on education and medical assistance to refugees.

Currently, Tzu Chi runs two education centres, namely Tzu-Chi Harmony Alternative Learning Centre and Tzu-Chi Unity Alternative Learning Centre in Klang Valley, in collaboration with UNHCR, to provide primary school education to refugee children.

Other than academic knowledge delivered by the teachers, volunteers also conduct regular lessons to instil wholesome values in the children. Moreover, outdoor activities and field trips, such as sports day, and visits to the zoo, Science Centre and aquarium, are also arranged to broaden the students' horizons.

Classroom Learning
Visit to Science Centre
Sports Day
Interactive Activity

Hope for the Future

As of August 2021, the learning centres have provided over 4,600 enrolments, and successfully helped over 60 students to proceed to secondary school since 2016. Little by little, they are transforming the lives of the children.

  • The Story of Hanif

    “I told the boss I had graduated, but still he didn’t want (to hire me). I was very sad. I cried at night because I was hungry…” – Hanif

     

    Hanif had been scavenging to support his family’s livelihood since the age of 8. In the past, when his family observed fasting during the month of Ramadhan, they could only afford to have biscuits and plain water for their evening Iftar meal. Thanks to the education he received at the UNHCR Tzu-Chi Education Centre, he was equipped with the language skills necessary for him to secure a stable job as an interpreter at the Tzu-Chi Free Clinic and improve his family’s living condition.


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  • The Story of Mohammad Jaber

Our Centres

Tzu-Chi Harmony Alternative Learning Centre
No 2-1 & 2-2, 1st & 2nd floor, Jalan 2A/2B,
Taman Desa Bakti, 68100 Selayang, Selangor.
Tzu-Chi Unity Alternative Learning Centre
No 21-1 & 21-2, Jalan Avenue 1,
Ampang Avenue, 68000 Ampang, Selangor.