Education is the right of every child and is an important part of nation building. A good education is the foundation for a child’s success later in life and a common factor in ending cycles of poverty. In a UNICEF commissioned report (2017), it was found that a head of household with education was more likely to see a higher household income. If a child was able to complete at least secondary schooling, their income prospects were much better.
We know education is a game-changer. But are all children able to access education? Despite efforts by the government, and society, there are still children who are unable to go to school or fully benefit from our education systems.
Some of the reasons why children in Malaysia cannot access education include:
- Lack of documentation – children without birth certificates are not able to enroll in national schools;
- Children with disabilities – children with mental and behavioural disabilities are more likely to be out of school compared to children with physical disabilities as national schools are not equipped to be inclusive
- Orang Asli and indigenous children – many indigenous children are not able to go to school because either the schools are located too far from where they are; they do not have documentation; they cannot afford the expense of sending a child to school; or because of language barriers that hinder their progress in national schools.