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7,000 to 10,000 children of Indonesian workers have no access to education

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Kamarlin (centre) with Akhmad (third left) and Krishna (second left) at the seminar yesterday

19th May, 2017

By ALIZA ALAWI

SANDAKAN: An estimated 7,000 to 10,000 children of Indonesian workers (TKI) and Indonesian citizens in Sabah still do not have access to formal early education, said Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Datuk Masidi Manjun.

For 10 years the Malaysian and Indonesian governments agreed to provide education to these children through Community Learning Centres but a substantial number still do not have access to early education, said Masidi.

He therefore proposed that the leaders of both countries discuss how to ensure these youngsters do get to receive education at an early age.

Therefore, he said, we should pay attention to these children for them to have a proper education because education is a key foundation to produce quality human development in a country.

“Those who do not have the opportunity to get formal education in government schools, get the opportunity to do so at these Community Learning Centres,” he said at a seminar on “10 Years of Educational Services for Indonesian Children” held at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel here on Thursday.

Masidi was represented by his assistant minister Datuk Haji Kamarlin Haji Ombi at the event. Masidi appreciated the employers for carrying out their social responsibility by providing facilities to ensure the children have a conducive environment for learning.

“I really appreciate the employers who have given these children the opportunity to get an education,” he said. Meanwhile, the Consul General of Indonesia for Sabah and Federal Territory of Labuan Akhmad Daya Handasyah Irfan said that to date there are 227 Community Learning Centres from which a total of 13,000 children of migrant workers in Sabah have received education.

Also present at the ceremony yesterday were the Indonesian consul in Tawau Krishna Djelani, a representative from the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia Dr Nurzaman and representative of the chairman of the East Malaysia Planters Association (EMPA) Thomas Lim.

   
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