Established in 2005, Mah Sing Foundation in Mah Sing’s Group Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) platform. The Foundation celebrates the achievement of Mah Sing Group’s long-term and continuous commitment to being a responsible and active participant in building community partnership both locally and abroad.
In line with Mah Sing’s Group corporate branding transformation back in 2017, Mah Sing Foundation (MSF) follow suite in transforming its logo with a new vision; Reinventing hope, creating lasting change in children’s lives.
To achieve this, MSF aims to work closely with parents, families and communities to have lasting change and sustainability in the lives of children. The Foundation adopted three (3) new key pillars which focus in Education, Health and Well Being as well as Community Development.
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MSRI is the only organization in KL that caters to the specific needs of urban refugees and asylum seekers from minority communities in a comprehensive manner, striving to understand their background, expectations, language and culture in Malaysia. The programme are concentrated mainly on Education, Vocational training, Livelihoods and Family Healthcare.
TMSRI Early Childhood Education Programme provides opportunities for refugee and asylum-seeking minors aged 4 to 6 years to access early education, together with psychosocial support. All lessons will be conducted in English which offer an introduction to education for children. The programme prepares very young children to enter the primary school programme and builds their English skills while introducing the school curriculum.
The children enrolled within the programme are divided into 2 levels, namely the Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten. Pre-kindergarten is for children between the ages of 4 -5 years who have never been to school, while Kindergarten is for children aged 6. Once they finished their Kindergarten, they will be entering Grade 1 programme.
There have been positive changes within the programme which include the continuous delivery of Early Childhood Education Programme for children aged 4 to 6, continuous in skill building of refugee teachers through their participation in the implementation of the programme and positive emotional and social development among small refugee children throughout their enrolment in the programme.
As of December 2017, a total number of 29 students have been enrolled in the MSRI Early Childhood Education Programme. Throughout the programme in 2017, 9 students in Kindergarten have entered Grade 1 in January 2018.
What impact has this project created in the community / nation?
This programme also increased the capacity building among the community members. At the same time, enrolling very young children within the programme allows more more mothers, especially single mothers to work and attain income which they would have otherwise not been able to do so, should the programme ceases to exist or even participate in study and upskilling opportunities such as English classes or vocational training. Some of these mothers who seek income generating opportunities also include participants of Elham project which is MSRI vocational training programme aimed towards building the skills of refugee artisans.
How has this project help to advance the chosen SDG?
This project is an early education programme which provide opportunities for refugee and asylum-seeking minors aged 4 to 6 years to access early education together with psychosocial support. Education is the key channels to give a child to present themselves confidently.
The tagline for United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) is “Leaving No One Behind.” explain how your project helps to realize the commitment of UNSDGs for the future.
To achieve Goal 4 by providing quality education, we are committed to giving every child the opportunity to improve their chances for future success by giving them best start in life, when their young brains are forming.
By working together with parents, teachers and children themselves, the early childhood education programme is helping to make sure every child can be their best, right from the start. The programme prepares very young children to enter the primary school programme and builds their English skills while introducing the school curriculum.
We hired the teachers from the community so that it can inspire the young children to follow their senior foot step to continue study and become the what they want to
Education is critical in facilitating refugee participation in the economic, cultural, and social life of the receiving country. For refugee children, it not only brings the fundamental sense of normality and routine into their lives, but it is also an investment into future.