Educating refugees

Afif Abd Halim

WOMEN for Refugees, a non-profit, is tackling the problem of illiteracy among the Rohingya by offering English and Bahasa Malaysia classes in the Selayang area.

Students like Halimah, a refugee in Malaysia for 10 years, feels happier and more positive these days. She has a modest goal of not wanting to ask people’s help to read or write something.

WFR was founded a month ago by two law students, Arissa Jemaima and Davina Devajaran, with the help of a refugee community leader, Abdul Razak Jalal.

WFR conducts English and BM lessons at a flat in Selayang, Selangor with about 20 students and nine teachers.

Most of the students are Rohingya or Muslim refugees from Myanmar. – October 6, 2020.

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