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October 02, 2013

Malaysia: Empowering underpriviledged kids with English

fuzi-hanim.jpgThis article looks at one Malaysian grandmother and her non-profit organization that is using original comic books to help the country's orphans master English.

Any room filled with children seven to 12 year old would typically be noisy with a lot of chatter, but not this one. In this one room in the orphanage, no one dared utter a word. In fact, it was so quiet that you could hear a pin drop. Anxiety was writ large on their faces. "They are terrified of saying something (grammatically) wrong", explained Fuzi Hanim to Bernama. "It's such a crippling fear, but we won't give up teaching them English".

Fuzi is the founder of Fuzimagic, a not-for-profit establishment benefiting children. One of its initiatives is a student development programme run by a team of volunteers who work with orphans and single mothers, particularly in the Klang Valley. She was narrating to Bernama the initial reactions of the children of Suci Rohani Home to her English language mastery programme.

Why the programme?

The inability to speak English fluently or communicate in the world's lingua franca is a common problem in the country. It has been hotly and frequently debated across all platforms, and particularly blamed as the main reason that today's graduates are unable to secure jobs. Fuzi decided to be part of the solution by launching her own initiative.

In March 2012, she started English languages classes at orphanages. Her dream is to give the underprivileged kids an edge by getting them to take interest in learning the English language as well as the confidence and ability to use it.

Read the full article from Bernama, the portal of the National News Agency of Malaysia.

Link: Visit the Fuzimagic website.

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