Ministry of Health (MoH)
The MoH builds partnerships for health to facilitate and support the people in Malaysia to attain good health and enjoy a better quality of life. UNICEF has worked with the MoH since 1954 in child and maternal health and nutrition. Today, UNICEF supports the MoH response to HIV/AIDS and health programs for marginalised and vulnerable children.
Ministry of Education (MoE)
MoE is responsible for the development of a world class quality education system which will realise the full potential of the individual and fulfil the aspiration of all Malaysians. The MoE ensures that all children in Malaysia have equal education opportunities. UNICEF works with the MOE to introduce life-skills based education and emergency preparedness for school-going children as well as remedial education for Malaysia’s Orang Asli children.
Curriculum Development Centre, Ministry of Education
The CDC, which was established as a Division in the Ministry of Education in 1974, is responsible for developing the national school curriculum in line with the National Education Philosophy. The New Primary School Curriculum in 1982 and the Integrated Curriculum for Secondary School in 1988 are among the Division’s major achievements. CDC and UNICEF will work together to develop a HIV/AIDS Life-Skills Based Education module which is expected to be rolled out nationwide as well as special remedial education programs for Malaysia’s Orang Asli and other indigenous children.
Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS)
The MoYS, formerly the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, was established in 1964. The Ministry's main function is to contribute to the development of youth policy, through its position as chair of the National Youth Consultative Council (NYCC), and to serve as the policy’s key implementation body. Youth-focused programs carried out by the MoYS include skills training, youth economic development, youth NGO development, and the Rakan Muda (Youth Partners) program. UNICEF, in partnership with the MoYS Rakan Muda program, will establish a nationwide network of youth volunteers for emergency preparedness. Around 3,000 youth aged between 18 and 25 years old are trained in leadership skills and mobilised to contribute to community building as well as emergency preparedness and response planning.
EMPOWER (Pusat Jana Daya)
EMPOWER is a local NGO that empowers maginalised and vulnerable communities and promotes social and democratic values that will bring about a just and peaceful society. Since 2005, UNICEF has supported EMPOWER to strengthen community-based psychosocial support for children, women and families affected by the tsunami through community conversations, workshops and related activities.
HELP University College
HELP was founded in 1986 to provide affordable quality educational opportunities for Malaysians. In 2004, it was conferred University status by the Government in recognition of its educational excellence. HELP University College offers a wide and diverse range of programs. It has also assumed a leading role in research and development, especially in psychology. UNICEF works with the University’s Centre for Psychology for programs in psychosocial support for children affected by the tsunami and a school bullying prevention program; and with the Asian Research Centre for Child and Adolescence Development for an after-school life-skills program for children from low-income families.