Year 1 – The Experiment

Iskul’s year 1 has been colourful. Read about the highlights here.

The First Annual Assessment Visit

It was a joy to see our students eagerness in learning and wanting more classes. They also displayed a persistent spirit in completing all test questions despite not knowing the answer.

Malaysia Day Class

Our students arrived very early on the morning of the Malaysia Day, eager to attend to class. Ee Chia and I are even more excited as we present them their first Iskul t-shirt that morning. That smile on their face! What a way to start a morning! They were all quickly changed and were dressed in an enthusiastic red for the Malaysia Day class.

Iskul Sama DiLaut Omadal

A community based, children-led school for the stateless children of the Bajau Laut community in North Borneo.

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Our Vision

To build young leaders among the stateless and local communities through holistic education.

The children of the Bajau Laut community face the following (not limited to) four problems:

  1. No proper documents hence unable to attend school;
  2. StuckĀ in an inter-generational cycle of poverty and frequently engaged in begging;
  3. Social stigma;
  4. Glue-sniffing habit to overcome their worries.

The word “Iskul” means “School” in Bajau Laut language.

Iskul uses community participatory methodology to engage little teachers aged 12 to 15 (known as the “Mastal Arikik”) in its formation.They teach basic Bahasa Malaysia, simple arithmetic and art classes.

Most decisions related to Iskul are made collectively with the Mastal Arikik, the Board of Trustees, headmistress and, hopefully the students too in the near future. For sustainability, each Mastal Arikik is given an allowance as an incentive.

In addition to providing basic literacy to the Bajau Laut children, Iskul also encourages our Mastal Arikik to make decisions, while learning to teach and care for and also learn from their less fortunate friends.

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