Fugee School provides primary and secondary and tertiary education opportunities for refugee children and asylum seekers, mainly from Somalia and the Middle East. Our mission is to ignite an endless passion for learning in every child. We want every Fugee student to realise their full potential and value by equipping them with the right academic, creative and life-skills in an environment free from discrimination and exclusion.

Fugee School champions equitable outcomes by and with refugees.

You're In, Not Out

We believe that every child regardless of their status as a refugee, stateless or citizen, should have access to education. No child should be left behind.

The Fugee School works in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Malaysia in an attempt to ensure that every child and youth has access and opportunity regardless of their refugee status.


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 has since educated over 400 refugee children and youth.

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