One Picture Tells A Thousand Stories - Refugees Education In Malaysia

Refugee children in the country are unable to access formal education, so the refugee communities, UNHCR, and NGOs set up spaces like this one, where children gather to learn and often taught by refugees and volunteers. These are informal education programmes, often underfunded and lacking in resources, including qualified teachers. – Photo Ted Adnan/UNHCR

Rohingya refugee children wait for the start of class, at a learning centre run by refugees. The lack of basic education among refugee children can become a handicap for them as they grow up. It inhibits their opportunities to better their lives. Even in resource-poor conditions, refugees find ways for their children to have education. - Photo Christopher Ferstad/UNHCR

Less than half of refugee children who are of school-going age in Malaysia attend any kind of educational programme. The majority of those who have access, attend informal learning centres that are often run by refugees themselves. The scope and reach of these centres are restricted by lack of resources, including qualified teachers. - Photo Ted Adnan/UNHCR

What these refugee children call ‘school’ is actually not much more than a room above a shop in the middle of the city. Books, pens, and paper are sparse. There are no playgrounds and no place to run around. But to these children, this is the place where dreams are made. – Photo Ted Adnan/UNHCR

Sitting on the floor and sharing books in community learning centres for refugees matter very little to refuge children. In spite of the scarce resources, these learning centres are still the space to nurture their dreams and aspirations of a better future. - Photo Michel Liboiron/UNHCR