ABOUT FUGEE SCHOOL
At Fugee School, we ignite the endless passion for learning and growing in every child. We want every Fugee student to realise their full potential and value by equipping them with the right academic, creative and lifeskills in an environment free from discrimination and exclusion. We know that education is the key that can open doors to a brighter future.
You’re in, not out
We believe that every child, refugee or malaysian-citizen, should have access to education.
Deborah Henry first learnt about the condition of refugees in Malaysia, when she hosted an inhouse documentary about refugees for UNHCR in 2008. She met a Somali refugee family of 4 children aged 10-14 who weren’t in school- couldn’t speak, read or write English and were living in very difficult conditions. She left their small home feeling devastated, something had to be done! Soon after, Shikeen Halibullah and Deborah started giving the 4 children Math and English tuition, word spread and within a few months other families wanted their kids to be taught too. In early 2009, Shikeen and Deborah met Shafie Sharif, a Somali community leader who was offering the refugees private tuition classes, however most couldn’t afford the fees. So, in May 2009, Shikeen and Deborah led the establishment of Fugee School by joining forces with Shafie, to transform his initiative into one that educates over 100 refugee children.
Today, Fugee School works very closely with the refugee community in providing 160 students from Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan and Palestine with an education.