Director of Ruth Education Centre
Topic : Training Refugee Youths to be Servants, Leaders & Builders
RUTH EDUCATION CENTRE PROFILE
REC was formed on 1 July 2011. We are registered with UNHCR. Refugees flee to Malaysia for a better life upon resettlement to a third country. Many refugees come from extremely difficult backgrounds and life is not any easier in Malaysia owing to their illegal status.
In Malaysia, refugees have no legal rights of employment and education. Most refugee community schools provide education for those aged 6 to 14, and after reaching 14 years of age, the refugee youths are asked to leave because their community schools do not have the resources to take them further.
REC has three basic objectives: Academic and vocational development of refugee students; holistic education that emphasises the fine arts and performing arts; and, spiritual formation. Four core-values underpin REC: Faithfulness to God, orderliness in thought and life, diligence in studies and duties, and love for others.
Besides these objectives, our vision is to train our senior students to teach in the refugee community schools. We send 25 of our senior students as volunteer teachers to these community schools to help raise the quality of education among their youths as those schools lack trained teachers. It is also a part of our students’ learning to serve and love others.
As part of their vocational training besides being trained in teaching, they attend multimedia classes, urban farming, online business development classes, and journalism training. We have our own digital newsletter facilitated by 3 professional media people.
REC is a fully-residential campus comprising currently of 5 rented premises with 65 fulltime refugee students. The students are divided into groups for cooking and cleaning duties. We are delighted to receive reports that many of our students having been resettled overseas are coping well in the high schools in USA and Australia. Some have entered universities, and some received outstanding academic awards.
All our staff of 20 instructors are voluntary. They are trained in their fields of expertise to teach in REC. The formation of REC is based on the belief that it is our Christian duty to serve the poor and powerless in our society. Ruth Choir was started on 28 Feb 2016. We have sung in many churches and different concerts that include the presence of Sultan Nazrin, Dato Khairy Jamamluddin, Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, Tan Sri Yeo Tiong Lay, Oxford and Cambridge Society, and National Prayer Service in Evangelical Lutheran church Mont Kiara attended by senior church leaders and pastors (17/1/19).
In 2017/8, our operating costs are estimated to be approximately RM250,000 (circa USD65,000). Our funding comes from some churches and friends. God has been gracious to provide for all our needs thus far.
‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’Matthew 25.35-36
Phone : +6017 3680 120