The Indonesian government has set out to improve educational opportunities in Malaysia for the children of Indonesian migrant workers by sending more teachers there.
Muhadjir Effendy, Indonesia’s Education and Culture Minister, said the move is part of the government’s pledge “to ensure the right of Indonesian children to get quality education services,” UCA News reported. He pointed out that of around 100,000 children of migrant workers, only 28,000 have access to education.
The minister announced that 100 more teachers will be sent to join the 290 already in Malaysia. They will be deployed in Sarawak and Sabah on two-year contracts. The teachers will work at Community Learning Centers (CLC) that are managed by migrant workers.
There are currently 294 CLCs in Malaysia. Of those, 155 teach the elementary curriculum and 139 teach the junior high curriculum.
Effendy aims to have 50,000 children being educated over the next year.
One of the teachers heading to Malaysia, Muhammad Zaini, said he took the job due to his concern for the children’s welfare, as he believes children over there need teachers who can nurture them towards achieving their goals.
Advocacy groups that serve migrant workers have said the government needs to request that host nations provide the children with access to education, which should be done through a Memorandum of Understanding, as Migrant Workers Network’s Savitri Wisnuwardhani told the media.