My first trip to Omadal Island

by Vince  During the summer break, My family and I went to Malaysia. We flew to Sabah state, then went to Omadal...

Trip to Omadal Island

By Lindsey Luo Lindsey Luo and family volunteered at Pondok Iskul, Omadal for 3 days where they shared their knowledge...

Embracing Community Healthcare

In 2020 we jump started our maternity and children’s health programme with support from Yayasan Hasanah Special Grant...

Iskul Sama DiLaut Omadal

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

Fund Hope of Literacy

Give RM500 as gift of literacy for the stateless children and/or support our operating team!

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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