Clear policies & directives on the integration and admission of stateless & undocumented and displaced children into national education system
Nb : all displaced and/or marginalized children referred to here include specifically the displaced, refugee, stateless and undocumented children

Proposer:

Rahayu

Affiliations:

Buku Jalanan

Policy Code:

2f3 Refugees and undocumented

Problem Statement / Issue:

Without proper access to education, these marginalised children live in poverty; are at risk of violence and exploitation; are embroiled in the justice system; live with disabilities; have no valid documentation and are dismiss from advancing in life while continuing the vicious cycle of life. The lack of opportunities and inclusivness prevents them from having access to services vital to their life and livelihood.
Although it viewed that the presence of these displaced and marginalised children will take away resources from Malaysian citizens and may lead to them becoming social ill, however education provides them with the opportunity to work alongside Malaysians in economic development and contribute to National Growth.
It is viewed widely by some Malaysians that the presence of these displaced children will take away our resources , that they might become social ills, however, their presence is a reality and cannot be ignored. Taking proactive action, we should ensure accessibility of education to them turning them into a productive force, and facilitating their positive contribution to our society

Value(s) and Belief(s):

Allow greater social and economic integration of every child into Malaysian society. Every child has a right to education (CRC Art 28)
a) Malaysia is proudly known to be a nation of diversity with its rich culture and heritage, the presence of these children shall further enhance our richness and diversity of our society. b) Inclusion for education allows meaningful participation of these children in our economy and national development.

Proposal of Solution and Call to Action:

1. In alignment with the State obligations under the CRC, the preamble aspirations of the Child Act 2001 as amended, and the compulsory primary education mandated under the Education Act 1996 as amended, have clear directives and implementation measures on the integration and admission of stateless, refugee, undocumented & displaced children into national education system
2. Official recognition for alternative schools and learning centers operated by NGOs and Community Based Organisations that cater to stateless & displaced children.
3. To allow stateless & displaced children to sit for public examinations and obtain certification
4. To allow stateless & displaced children to compete for the enrolment in public universities with the same fees as locals

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