* UNICEF: Reaching out to minority preschoolers in remote regions of Malaysia
* 시간: 02 min 31 secs
* 06 Sep 2007
Deep in the interior of Peninsular Malaysia, one of the world’s oldest tropical rainforests shakes off the night.
This ancient jungle is home to rare species of birds, butterflies and rhinoceros and a diverse range of plant life. It is also the traditional home of the Orang Asli, or “original people,” the indigenous inhabitants of Malaysia.
The village of Kampung Peta is the most remote Orang Asli settlement in the southern state of Johor.
Tinah binti Jala grew up in Peta, and now works as a teacher in the only village preschool. She says a sense of distance – both physical and cultural – has kept many Jakun children out of school.
Tinah binti Jalah, Preschool Teacher: “To me, it’s because of the remote environment and that there are no role models. So the kids just want to play and not go to school. But the education situation here now is very different from what it was. People are more concerned about getting an education.”
In partnership with UNICEF, Malaysia’s Ministry of Rural and Regional Development is working to improve Malaysian children’s opportunities for education, starting in preschool.
The “Reach Out and Read” program aims to help children master language skills and develop their ability to think and communicate, and build creativity.
Six-year-old Junaida binti Juni is a regular student at the Peta preschool. Her mother hopes she can continue her schooling and accomplish something no one in her family has done.
Lijas binti Jais, Mother: “I hope that my daughter can succeed in school. Like me, I’ve never been to school. So I can’t believe that my daughter will have a chance to attend school and do well in school. I hope she will move forward and achieve good results. I hope her success will also be an inspiration for other children.”
And offer proof that even in the remotest of places, a chance for education is still within reach. In Kampung Peta, Malaysia, this is Steve Nettleton reporting for UNICEF Television. Unite for children.