Malaysia

Teacher Resources

Thank you for making portraits for children in Malaysia!

We know that many teachers use the Portrait Program as a chance to teach their students about the lives and culture of the children for whom they create portraits. Feel free to use the following resources to guide your discussions. 

Overview

Over the past decade, more than 175,000 people from ethnic and religious minorities--such as the Rohingya people from Myanmar--have landed in Malaysia with hopes of escaping violence and persecution. Though they have found safety in Malaysia, they do not have legal status or rights. They often live in impoverished pockets of large cities, earning money for food in any way they can. Their children are not entitled to education or healthcare. 

 

We’ve partnered with a charity that runs a wonderful school for these children, offering them both education and hope. Join us in creating their portraits so that your students can send a message of kindness, respect, and encouragement from a distant place.

Helpful Links

ROHINGYA IN MALAYSIA

Get a glimpse into the lives of Rohingya refugees living in Malaysia with this short video. 

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MALAYSIAN CUISINE

Check out the top mouth-watering dishes coming out of the varied cultures that influence Malaysian cuisine in this CNN Travel article.

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POVERTY IN DISPUTE

This AP article discusses the divide between the poverty rates given by the Malaysian government and a UN expert's more bleak findings.

NO JOBS, NO RIGHTS

This article discusses the struggles refugees face in Malaysia without legal status and the ability to work.  

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SOCIAL CUSTOMS

This Encyclopedia Brittanica article gives an overview of Malaysian culture, history, and daily life.  

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REFUGEE TRAUMA

This article talks about the trauma that refugees in Malaysia face from the past atrocities in their home countries and current conditions in Malaysia. 

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