by Kevin Chong
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Deborah Henry - Co-founder & Executive Director, Fugee Org (Third from the left)
Deborah Henry – Co-founder & Executive Director, Fugee Org (Third from the left)

Fugee, a refugee-led non-profit organization, has launched, ‘GED Course for Refugee Youth’ – a fundraising initiative to empower refugees through education. The campaign aims to raise a total of RM26,500 to help refugee students complete their General Education Diploma (GED). In doing so, the campaign looks to address the serious concern of further education for refugees with only 16% of refugee children enrolled in secondary education and less than 1% in universities.

The campaign is being driven through The Incitement – an online CSR and fundraising platform. The platform not only provides an avenue to drive for funds but also gives the public insight into the hopes, challenges, and dreams of some of the refugee students in question. The GED is a viable alternative for students who are 18 years old and over to certify their completion of secondary education and facilitate their access to university. It is an upper-secondary certificate equivalent to A-level accepted by nearly all universities in the U.S. and many across the world.

“2020 has been tough on all of us but it has been especially difficult for the refugees here – particularly the children. Their limited freedoms and rights were further eroded by the pandemic but now we hope to turn things around. I believe in the giving nature of Malaysians and believe we can come together to support these children in achieving their dreams,” said Deborah Priya Henry, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Fugee.

The GED Course for Refugee Youth initiative is being driven under the newly formed Fugee Youth Academy – a subsidiary under Fugee Organisation. Since its establishment in 2009, Fugee School – the education arm of the organisation, has helped educate and empower 500 refugee students and is looking to help these students taking their education even further through the GED.

 The campaign has thus far collected close to RM3,000 – approximately 11% of its total goal. The organisation is hoping for the full funding goal to be met by early February 2021 to facilitate the necessary registrations for the students.

To donate towards the The GED Course for Refugee Youth initiative visit: https://www.theincitement.com/channel/1064/posts

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