Education for All: 5 Organisations Striving for Equity in Malaysia

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Tell me, which kid in this world doesn’t have dreams to pursue? Almost 100% of the time, their ambitions are highly tied to their educational background. There has been a constant emphasis on equal education in Malaysia, but there isn’t enough discussion about education equity and it’s still a long way to reach quality education for all.

Talking about education equity, it’s very much different than an equal education. While the nation focuses on providing just enough education to children, is just enough really enough? Digging deeper into this, equity unfolds that there’s much more than just having access to learning. Equity means receiving equal education while getting support for certain circumstances.

What contributes to education inequity?

To be more detailed, there are children who are keen to learn new things every day but struggle from endless challenges. These can be socio-economic backgrounds, family crises, financial strains and lack of learning resources. Take this as an example: two kids going to the same school, one of them is able to afford additional revision books to study at home while the other can only depend on the textbook. This scenario leads to unequal outcome because they receive different quality of education.

Apart from that, another obvious case where quality education is unable achieve is tuition classes after school. Annual school fees are already too much for some families, let alone extra classes. While certain students can learn more at home, others can only gain knowledge when they’re in school.

As if things are not hard enough already…

Moreover, since COVID-19 strikes us all, underprivileged families have had it tougher than they already have. This is due to the transition of online classes that requires them to buy laptops and phones. Technologies and gadgets are still seen as a luxury instead of a necessity to these groups. This is deeply worrying as it might increase dropout rates among the students.

Thus, non-profit educational organisations in Malaysia address these issues by lending a hand to empower these children’s future:

1. Teach for Malaysia

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Firstly, founded in 2010, Teach for Malaysia consists of inspiring leaders who empower the nation through education. The organisation makes a change to the country by establishing a Fellowship programme. This is where they recruit passionate individuals to teach in high-need communities specifically in the rural areas.

“Too often, a child’s background determines their outcome in life.”

If you’re interested to be a Fellow or learn more about Teach for Malaysia, click here.

2. Yayasan Hasanah

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Next, to complement the efforts of developing Malaysia into a globally competitive nation, Khazanah Nasional Berhad established Yayasan Hasanah in 2015. One of their concerns is to provide quality education to children who struggle from their academics. Their achievement includes founding Projek AMAN, a state-wide education transformation programme in Kedah to change the level of state education system.

“It’s not who we are or what we can do. It’s how we can build a greater Malaysia, hand in hand with our partners.”

If you’re interested to be a Hasanah Grant or learn more about Yayasan Hasanah, click here.

3. Dignity

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Besides, Dignity is most likely one of the first non-profit organisations in Malaysia to end education inequity. With the goal to break the cycle of poverty, their full attention is on the poor children living in Kuala Lumpur between the age 2-18 years old. Dignity combines the holistic approach and vocational experience to provide high-quality education that the poor and middle class can afford.

“To nurture and empower world changers through transformative education.”

If you’re interested to Empower-A-Child or learn more about Dignity, click here.

4. ProjectED

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Additionally, a little different from the previous administrations, ProjectED is led by young and driven individuals who are passionate in providing equal education in the tertiary level. To realise every student’s dreams to achieve tertiary education, the collective initiative offers Mentorship Programme, Scholarship Opportunities and Workshops.

“Students are the future of our nation.”

If you’re interested to volunteer or learn more about ProjectED, click here.

5. Yayasan Generasi Gemilang

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Lastly, a foundation by love to empower families in Malaysia, Generasi Gemilang (GG) aims to improve the lives of under-served children to increase their access to an excellent education. GG’s model of Quality Education starts from basic needs, to basic education to life skills. They deliver Family Services, Children Services, Education Services and Youth Services.

“Give a gift of quality education that helps under-served children to break out of the poverty cycle.”

If you’re interested to donate or learn more about Generasi Gemilang, click here.

Related: Meaningful Lessons I Learned from Being a Teacher

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