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Monday, October 20, 2008

Help Kids Get Back In School Programme

Hi guys, Just for everyone's info, I've received a lot of enquiries on the "Help Kids Get Back In School" Programme and am busy replying/tending to each one. Some of you were selfless and offered your time and services to help make this programme a success. Hat's off to you guys.

I am happy to note we have managed to solve some of the problems and are currently working on a few more. I recently had a question posted with regard to Malaysian children who do not have birth certificates. These 'stateless' children have problems getting into the schooling system because of a lack of identification due to various reasons. However as we all agree no child should be denied their right to a proper education no matter what the circumstance.

As such I would like to share with the readers of my blog that I have discussed this matter with YB Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin’s (YB Minister’s) officers and the Ministry has come out with a solution that will allow the child to proceed with his/her education while their status/documentation are being sorted out.

I/you can help these children (Malaysian citizens) who do not have any legal birth documents/ certificates get into school by doing the following:-

i. To get an acknowledgement letter (surat perakuan / pengesahan) from the appointed Ketua Kampung /Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Kemajuan dan Keselamatan Kampung Persekutuan to acknowledge the child is indeed a Malaysian citizen. Born and bred in the area.
ii. With the letter certifying the above, to approach either the District Education Officer and the State Education Officer to enroll the child into school.

This solution is relevant only to the Education Ministry. The same might not be applicable for applying to the National Registration Department. They might have their own procedures that need to be followed.

I am also volunteering to be the liaison person between these children, any NGOs with the Education offices. My Pemuda UMNO Education Bureau Committee members are more on standby to assist wherever possible. So come on everyone, lets keep the momentum going!!

2 comments:

littlesparrow said...

a great step in the right direction. Kudos to you for getting it off the ground. "Umno is in dire need of drastic change and young blood as its losing popularity among the public, veteran party leader Tun Musa Hitam said yesterday." - i think it's about time someone like you should be seen and heard all the time ....

littlesparrow said...

btw, i think you should consider ALL children -- just because their parents are not Malaysians doesn't mean they have no rights to education -- we should have an education system that protects ALL children's rights regardless of their nationality -- we must be a country that shows compassion for all kids regardless of race, nationality or religion -- may i suggest that you consider giving all kids the right to education - at least up to Standard Six -- i think we should be a nation that must show leadership by example and care for those who are poor, oppressed and no place to go to -- children deserve this protection ...