BCP Malaysia Nudges Indigenous Children Back to School

The Bata Children’s Program (BCP) Malaysia is supporting the education of indigenous children in a village outside Kuala Lumpur through a multipronged approach.

The BCP team is collaborating to offer Saturday morning tuition to young children, with the goal of preparing them for integration in state school. Only 30 percent of 100 school-age children in the Kampung Sungai Rasau village go to school.

Three BCP volunteers are part of a team of teachers offering English and math lessons to around 30 youngsters.

To encourage the children and engage their families, BCP Malaysia will reward with a pair of Bata shoes those who attend 12 classes and make presentations on what they learned to their teachers and parents. BCP has also donated textbooks, school supplies, a white board and healthy snacks.

BCP volunteers will join teachers in monthly visits to households with very poor attendance to better understand the factors – such as caretaking of elderly relatives – keeping the children from coming to Saturday classes. With the support of the village head, they will work toward a solution.

During a visit on May 13, some BCP volunteers assisted the teacher while others prepared lunch.

“Early childhood education is an investment in the future of the country, but also in the improvement of complex social issues,” commented BCP coordinator Wilsen Isuwaran.