TO learn and to have an adequate education has the power to propel any student towards future success. For young refugees, the academic, social and environmental aspects of attending schools up to higher education institutions build important tools supporting advancement later in life.
However, there is an absence of a national legal framework for refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia as the country remains non-signatory of the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol. In terms of education, this lack of structure means an absence of access to formal schooling. Refugee children and youth in Malaysia, therefore, obtain education via an informal parallel system.