28 February 2017 marked another milestone for ElShaddai Centre in its efforts to provide education for refugee children in Malaysia. ElShaddai eLearning Centre (EELC), our version of a secondary school, was officially opened on this memorable day.
The idea is to provide secondary education for our students who finished primary school at ElShaddai Refugee Learning Centre (ERLC), thus fulfilling the dream of many of them. The concept is guided eLearning via the internet. In his opening address, Founder Director Mr. Andrew Ng said that ultimately, EELC wants to give our graduates recognized certificates based on IGCSE that is equivalent to the British O level. Refugee youths have dreams like other youths and a recognized certificate would certain help them to realize their dreams.
The premise is a rented upper floor shop lot in Klang. A kind donor helped to renovate the place to suit our purpose, while other facilities including 20 laptops were funded by the public, both individuals as well as NGO’s.
Besides donors, staff and volunteers, the occasion was graced by Ms. Susanna Batchelder, UNHCR Representative from Kuala Lumpur Office.
At the opening, EELC student Memoona Sehrish originating from Pakistan, gave a speech of appreciation on behalf of EELC students. Speaking in good English, she thanked all concerned for the opportunity to study at secondary level, participate in school activities and make friends just like other local students. EELC now gives them hope and that is what they are really thankful for.