In accordance to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child that is to ensure that the right to education is fulfilled, even in the most difficult circumstances and for the vulnerable groups, such as the refugee children.
Shelter’s primary objective is to provide access to education for refugee children that would eventually be formally accredited.
There are some 50,000 refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia today who are mostly Muslim Rohingyas, Chins and other ethnic minorities from Myanmar, as well as other countries.
Unlike migrants, refugees do not choose to leave their countries; they are compelled to do so because of difficult living conditions in their home countries such as armed conflict, serious public disorder and complex human rights issues.
The refugee communities are scattered throughout Malaysia, living mostly in the Klang Valley. There are no refugee camps in Malaysia. Instead, refugees share living spaces in groups of up to 20 people, living in low cost apartments, urban villages or housing estates side by side with Malaysians.