MANILA - A memorandum of understanding has been signed that will strengthen community-based education helping Filipino children in Sabah.
The MOU was signed by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), the Department of Education and the Philippine embassy in Kuala Lumpur and six Sabah-based alternative learning centers (ALCs).
The MOU aims to improve the capacity of the ALCs to provide basic literacy to Filipino children who have no access to regular education through capacity-building activities; professional, technical and administrative advice and the provision of learning and instructional materials, among others.
Some 2,234 school-aged undocumented Filipino children are now enrolled in the ALCs which are parties to the MOU, namely Learning Translation and Review Centre (Keningau), Persatuan Kebajikan Pendidikan Kanak-Kanak Miskin (The Society for Education of Underprivileged Children) (Lahad Datu and Semporna), Sekolah Sukarela Persatuan MAFIL-KOFA (Keningau), Stairway to Hope Learning Center (Kota Kinabalu), Stairway to Success Learning Center (Sandakan), and Vision of Hope Learning Center (Keningau).
Undocumented children have extremely limited access to public education in Malaysia.
“Filipino children in Sabah are in a precarious situation and our initiatives are mere first steps in a long journey, but we are hopeful that with the dedication of all stakeholders, we will be able to transform through education the lives of these children for the better,” Ambassador Eduardo Malaya said.