Postgraduate students rise to help Rohingya refugees

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 11 Jul 2019

The project organisers with the Rohingya Community School students and teachers.

A GROUP of postgraduate students from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) Graduate School of Business put together a community outreach project to help the Rohingya community.

Over the past seven months, the group, who call themselves the Auroras, worked on the Rise, Improve, Sustainability and Education (Rise) project to help provide a comfortable learning environment for refugee students at the Rohingya Community School in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.

The Auroras held an event at the school to highlight the project, which is a mandatory course in UKM’s MBA programme.

The project involved repainting and refurbishing the second-floor classroom, providing financial assistance to the Malaysian Relief Agency (MRA) which delivers aid to those in need, and raising public awareness of issues faced by Rohingya refugee children.

MRA senior manager Fauziah Tahar officiated the project at the Rohingya school.

She was accompanied by UKM’s Graduate School of Business industry and community relations head Dr Nasuha Nordin.

The Rohingya Community School is fully managed by MRA with five full-time teachers and headed by a principal.

The school faces challenges in terms of providing a conducive learning environment for the students due to insufficient furniture, as well as lack of water filter and stationery such as exercise books, colour pencils and dictionary.

Through the Auroras’ initiative, the Rise project successfully collected funds totalling RM28,000.

Some RM9,000 was spent to refurbish the classroom on the second floor, RM5,000 donation to MRA and RM5,000 to the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef). There were also in-kind contributions in the form of stationery and others valued at RM9,000.

Among the works completed as part of the project were repainting the classroom and office with education-based murals, replacing floor mats and school furniture, as well as providing a new water filter and stationery.

The Auroras are also actively involved in spreading awareness on the issues faced by Rohingya refugees in Malaysia through talks and via social media sites.

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