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Reaching out to refugee children in Sabah with education


§ A 2009 study discovered that 43,973 undocumented children aged 7 to 17 years old were not enrolled in school

§ UNICEF collaborates with national, local and community partners to protect stateless children’s right to education

KUALA LUMPUR, 18 March 2011 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and our partners invite your media reporter and photographer / TV crew to attend and cover:

Launch of Kg Numbak Education Centre
for Refugee Children in Sabah

Saturday, 26 March 2011 ● 10:45 am – 12:00 noon


§ YB Dr. Haji Mohd Puad bin Zarkashi
Deputy Minister of Education

§ YBhg Tan Sri Dato' Haji Alimuddin bin Haji Mohd Dom
Chair, Malaysian Teachers' Foundation

§ YBhg. Datuk Misri bin Barham
Director, Sabah Task Force, National Security Council

§ Mr. Hans Olsen
UNICEF Representative to Malaysia &
Special Representative to Brunei

§ Children and families of Kg. Numbak

Education Centre Kg Numbak, Sepanggar, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

The Convention on the Rights of the Child upholds that all children have the right to receive free and compulsory primary education. Education is critical for the realisation of the Millennium Development Goals as it contributes to economic productivity, reduces poverty, lowers infant and maternal mortality, and helps improve nutritional status and health. Education for All, a movement initiated in 1990, emphasises the need to provide access to education for traditionally marginalised groups, including girls and women, indigenous populations and remote rural groups, street children, migrants, people with disabilities etc.

A 2009 study by the Ministry of Education’s Educational Planning and Research Division (EPRD) discovered that 43,973 undocumented children aged 7 to 17 years old were not enrolled in school. In trying to meet the CRC principles and MDG goals, UNICEF in collaboration with the Sabah Task Force, Teachers’ Foundation and Ministry of Education have set up a school in Kg Numbak, Kota Kinabalu to provide basic education for out-of-school children. It is hoped that this first of its kind initiative by UNICEF in Malaysia will serve as a model that can be replicated to meet the needs of all undocumented, stateless children through Government programs and public/private partnerships.

Photo Opportunity:
The Kg. Numbak Education Centre is built on stilts and is a part of the community of houses in this coastal village. The launch ceremony will include children from the village who have enrolled in the school.


For more information, please contact:

Indra Kumari Nadchatram
UNICEF Media, Kuala Lumpur
(+6.03) 2095 9157 ● (+6) 012 292 6872

Fara Zahri
UNICEF Media, Kuala Lumpur
(+6.03) 2095 9154 ● (+6) ) 012 438 9538





Ministry of Education

Fact Sheets: Education

Millennium Development Goal 2

UNICEF in Action (HQ)


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