We’ve come a long way since our first class. These are all our Projects and Reports that show how much more impact our community has now

Projects

Student Development

Our curriculum includes daily lessons on Malay, Mathematics and development programmes in cultural and performance arts. Advanced students learn English through virtual tutors.

Marine Stewardship

The Bajau Laut are a community that are very much in tune with their homes above the seas, so our marine modules were launched to integrate their cultural practices with modern marine knowledge.

Waste Management

Waste disposal services are scarce in
rural parts of Sabah, and so much of
household waste has no place to go but the environment surrounding these settlements. Our waste management programme provides a safe avenue for island residents to dispose of their trash.

COVID-19 Food Aid

During the COVID-19 outbreak, Iskul ran a two-fold food aid programme for B40 residents in Omadal. Below is a brief overview of the beneficiaries of our food aid programme. Programme 1: 52 B40 households and 158 stateless households in Omadal Island (Total: 210...

Students’ Progress Evaluation (2015-2018)

Overall, we are pleased with the result considering that the actual time our 16 students spent on a normal schooling period is just less than 4 months. Based on our observation, Iskul students have mastered basic numeracy, however, they are still mostly weak in the Bahasa Malaysia language, although most of them have no problem understanding and engage in basic conversation in Bahasa Malaysia. The greatest outcome is that two of our students from this test have now become Mastal Arikik (MA) to teach the new batch of students.

Iskul Home Visits & Group Interviews (2019)

During the field visit in September 2019, Iskul visited 16 homes of our students.

Annual Field Visit 2019 (Finally!)

It has been over two years since any of the management team members visited Semporna and boy, did the town changed!

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!

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.

Students’ Progress Evaluation after 1 Year (September 2016)

After one year, 71% of our students can write their own name while 57% can write A to Z. Our observations shows that our students are able to enumerate the alphabets from A to Z and 1-50 eloquently.

Our Co-Founder Khairul Was Nominated For An Award By Unicef!

It has been several years since Khairul was nominated for this award, but his work with Iskul still makes a huge difference in the lives of the stateless children on Omadal. Khairul is Iskul’s co-founder and pioneer Mastal Arikik, which means he was one of the first...

Iskul Students Stepped Up to Learn How To Make Water Filtration System for Their Community

Iskul collaborates with Engineers Without Borders Malaysia (EWBM) to improve the water access to all stateless households in Omadal under a grant by the UNDP SGP. This project enhances the current Iskul YHSG 2020’s commitment to improve water access to 30 stateless...

Rendy’s Story – An Early Medical Intervention by Iskul

Rendy (our student) fell off the bridge near his house, hit some sharp object on the ground and wounded his forehead. He received no medical attention until we found out about it on Day 3. We immediately contacted the Hospital Director in Hospital Semporna and showed...

Three Stateless Teenagers Without Access to Education are Now Empowering their own community

Three stateless teenagers without access to education now empower their own community - YHSG 2020 has provided Iskul sufficient funds to employ three of our graduate students to teach the stateless children in their own community: Delah, Enidah and Bilkuin.  The...

Iskul’s On-Land Performance

In June 2022, 10 of our students performed in the graduation ceremony of Sekolah Alternatif, Borneo Komrad in Semporna. It was the first time the students left their home on water and stayed overnight on land. We have heard stories of land-sickness for those who have...

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 Island on July 17, 2022 by boat. I have heard stories about Bajau Laut (Sama DiLaut) ancestors who lived in the Coral Triangle (between Malaysia,...

Trip to Omadal Island

By Lindsey Luo Lindsey Luo and family volunteered at Pondok Iskul, Omadal for 3 days where they shared their knowledge and culture with Iskul students and the students shared theirs with them. Lindsey and family helped Iskul in many ways such as bringing educational...

COVID-19 Food Aid

During the COVID-19 outbreak, Iskul ran a two-fold food aid programme for B40 residents in Omadal. Below is a brief overview of the beneficiaries of our food aid programme. Programme 1: 52 B40 households and 158 stateless households in Omadal Island (Total: 210...

Apa yang telah kita belajar daripada Covid-19

Enam bulan sudah berlalu sejak kita mula berhadapan dengan krisis pandemik Covid-19. Ini bermakna setengah daripada tahun 2020 kita menjalani hidup yang penuh dengan rasa ketakutan, ketidaktentuan, misteri dan keliru. Tiada seorang pun di dunia hari ini boleh...

Students’ Progress Evaluation (2015-2018)

Overall, we are pleased with the result considering that the actual time our 16 students spent on a normal schooling period is just less than 4 months. Based on our observation, Iskul students have mastered basic numeracy, however, they are still mostly weak in the Bahasa Malaysia language, although most of them have no problem understanding and engage in basic conversation in Bahasa Malaysia. The greatest outcome is that two of our students from this test have now become Mastal Arikik (MA) to teach the new batch of students.

COVID-19 Food Aid

During the COVID-19 outbreak, Iskul ran a two-fold food aid programme for B40 residents in Omadal. Below is a brief overview of the beneficiaries of our food aid programme. Programme 1: 52 B40 households and 158 stateless households in Omadal Island (Total: 210...

Students’ Progress Evaluation (2015-2018)

Overall, we are pleased with the result considering that the actual time our 16 students spent on a normal schooling period is just less than 4 months. Based on our observation, Iskul students have mastered basic numeracy, however, they are still mostly weak in the Bahasa Malaysia language, although most of them have no problem understanding and engage in basic conversation in Bahasa Malaysia. The greatest outcome is that two of our students from this test have now become Mastal Arikik (MA) to teach the new batch of students.

Iskul Home Visits & Group Interviews (2019)

During the field visit in September 2019, Iskul visited 16 homes of our students.

Annual Field Visit 2019 (Finally!)

It has been over two years since any of the management team members visited Semporna and boy, did the town changed!

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!

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.

Students’ Progress Evaluation after 1 Year (September 2016)

After one year, 71% of our students can write their own name while 57% can write A to Z. Our observations shows that our students are able to enumerate the alphabets from A to Z and 1-50 eloquently.

Community Healthcare

Besides our community-run Mini Clinic,
we provide nutritious meals for our
students, supplements for pregnant and
nursing mothers, and run personal
hygiene and health campaigns. We have
also had mental health workshops for
students and staff

Waste Management

Waste disposal services are scarce in
rural parts of Sabah, and so much of
household waste has no place to go but
the environment surrounding these
settlements. Our waste management
programme provides a safe avenue for
island residents to dispose of their trash.

COVID-19 Food Aid

During the COVID-19 outbreak, Iskul ran a two-fold food aid programme for B40 residents in Omadal. Below is a brief overview of the beneficiaries of our food aid programme. Programme 1: 52 B40 households and 158 stateless households in Omadal Island (Total: 210...

Students’ Progress Evaluation (2015-2018)

Overall, we are pleased with the result considering that the actual time our 16 students spent on a normal schooling period is just less than 4 months. Based on our observation, Iskul students have mastered basic numeracy, however, they are still mostly weak in the Bahasa Malaysia language, although most of them have no problem understanding and engage in basic conversation in Bahasa Malaysia. The greatest outcome is that two of our students from this test have now become Mastal Arikik (MA) to teach the new batch of students.

Iskul Home Visits & Group Interviews (2019)

During the field visit in September 2019, Iskul visited 16 homes of our students.

Annual Field Visit 2019 (Finally!)

It has been over two years since any of the management team members visited Semporna and boy, did the town changed!

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!

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.

Students’ Progress Evaluation after 1 Year (September 2016)

After one year, 71% of our students can write their own name while 57% can write A to Z. Our observations shows that our students are able to enumerate the alphabets from A to Z and 1-50 eloquently.

Our Co-Founder Khairul Was Nominated For An Award By Unicef!

It has been several years since Khairul was nominated for this award, but his work with Iskul still makes a huge difference in the lives of the stateless children on Omadal. Khairul is Iskul’s co-founder and pioneer Mastal Arikik, which means he was one of the first...

Iskul Students Stepped Up to Learn How To Make Water Filtration System for Their Community

Iskul collaborates with Engineers Without Borders Malaysia (EWBM) to improve the water access to all stateless households in Omadal under a grant by the UNDP SGP. This project enhances the current Iskul YHSG 2020’s commitment to improve water access to 30 stateless...

Rendy’s Story – An Early Medical Intervention by Iskul

Rendy (our student) fell off the bridge near his house, hit some sharp object on the ground and wounded his forehead. He received no medical attention until we found out about it on Day 3. We immediately contacted the Hospital Director in Hospital Semporna and showed...

Three Stateless Teenagers Without Access to Education are Now Empowering their own community

Three stateless teenagers without access to education now empower their own community - YHSG 2020 has provided Iskul sufficient funds to employ three of our graduate students to teach the stateless children in their own community: Delah, Enidah and Bilkuin.  The...

Iskul’s On-Land Performance

In June 2022, 10 of our students performed in the graduation ceremony of Sekolah Alternatif, Borneo Komrad in Semporna. It was the first time the students left their home on water and stayed overnight on land. We have heard stories of land-sickness for those who have...

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 Island on July 17, 2022 by boat. I have heard stories about Bajau Laut (Sama DiLaut) ancestors who lived in the Coral Triangle (between Malaysia,...

Trip to Omadal Island

By Lindsey Luo Lindsey Luo and family volunteered at Pondok Iskul, Omadal for 3 days where they shared their knowledge and culture with Iskul students and the students shared theirs with them. Lindsey and family helped Iskul in many ways such as bringing educational...

COVID-19 Food Aid

During the COVID-19 outbreak, Iskul ran a two-fold food aid programme for B40 residents in Omadal. Below is a brief overview of the beneficiaries of our food aid programme. Programme 1: 52 B40 households and 158 stateless households in Omadal Island (Total: 210...

Apa yang telah kita belajar daripada Covid-19

Enam bulan sudah berlalu sejak kita mula berhadapan dengan krisis pandemik Covid-19. Ini bermakna setengah daripada tahun 2020 kita menjalani hidup yang penuh dengan rasa ketakutan, ketidaktentuan, misteri dan keliru. Tiada seorang pun di dunia hari ini boleh...

Students’ Progress Evaluation (2015-2018)

Overall, we are pleased with the result considering that the actual time our 16 students spent on a normal schooling period is just less than 4 months. Based on our observation, Iskul students have mastered basic numeracy, however, they are still mostly weak in the Bahasa Malaysia language, although most of them have no problem understanding and engage in basic conversation in Bahasa Malaysia. The greatest outcome is that two of our students from this test have now become Mastal Arikik (MA) to teach the new batch of students.

General Reports

November 2016 Info Kit

In 2016, we found the need to publish an official guideline for the public to set up proper procedure for intended visitors, researchers, or volunteers. This would make it easier to coordinate collaborations in a professional context, and keep things safe for...

Timeline Summary September 2018 – December 2019

Iskul Sama DiLaut Omadal is a community-run project initiated to provide basic literacy for stateless children on Omadal Island, Sabah, Malaysia, since August 2015. Iskul is registered with Malaysia's Registrar of Societies (ROS) under the oficial name of Persatuan...

A Brief Covid-19 Report (April 2020)

We all did a little more and it helped! An initiative by Iskul Sama DiLaut Omadal to provide 2-week food supply and drinking water for 150 stateless families in Omadal Island, Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia during Movement Control Order (MCO) implemented by the Malaysian...

Iskul Project Report 2020-2021

This progress report came at a junction where Iskul was both swamped with the struggle of moving through the MCO, and making big moves for the future of our children. We were determined to move forward and are proud to say that this turning point really pushed us into...

How We Got Through Covid-19

As Covid-19 cases is Sabah saw an all time high, the spread of the disease on Omadal became an even bigger threat. The community was encouraged to practice isolation in an attempt to keep them safe. Food baskets were sent to households to help tide them over, and...