Iskul 2nd Strategic Planning Meeting and Iskul’s first Annual General Meeting

Our Headmistress, Kak Roziah and Field Coordinator, Aida spent their fasting month away from Omadal Island and attended our first AGM!

Pondok Iskul Dream Made Possible with Mah Sing Foundation Grant!

Iskul is one of the recipients for Mah Sing Foundation 2018 Grant allocated to construct Pondok Iskul and basic furnishing of the space!

Roundtable to Discuss Methodology of Participatory Assessments with Bajau Laut & Neighbouring Communities

Iskul was invited by UNHCR to attend the Roundtable and exchanged information and share potential common challenges.

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. Stuck 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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