Fundraising Event

IGCSE Entry Fees for Refugee Students in Kuala Lumpur - Stage 2

  • 06/08/2017 - 10/09/2017
  • Malaysia
MYR 131
1% Complete
Target : MYR 10,000

About Event

The Fugee School is a not-for-profit initiative that provides primary and secondary education to refugee and asylum seeking children and youth living in Kuala Lumpur. At Fugee School we believe every student can realise their full potential and value by equipping them with the right academic, creative, and life skills in an environment free from discrimination and exclusion.

Part of this exclusion is a lack of access to internationally recognised qualifications that would legitimise the effort and progress the students have made. Having no formal recognition of academic achievement creates a significant obstacle in accessing tertiary education both in Malaysia and after resettlement in a third country. The Fugee School IGCSE Programme therefore seeks to equip students who have the ambition for further study with the Cambridge International Examinations IGCSE certificate to make them more competitive in higher education selection processes.

The students will took their first exam (Malay as a Second Language) in May 2017 and now 5 students are preparing to take their next three, Combined Sciences, Mathematics and English as a Second Lanaguage on October-November 2017.


The exam fees for IGCSE are beyond the capability of the students' families to pay. The students were selected because they showed great promise and a strong desire to learn and improve themselves- despite the difficult situations they have faced due to fleeing their home countries. They have been working hard since July 2016 to prepare for the exams and have demonstrated great determination and a willingness to challenge themselves and improve. Sponsoring the students through paying these exam fees would allow them to be more competitive with their more privileged peers and break down barriers to achieving their ambitious personal goals.


“I want to be the first girl in my family to go to University. I want to become a gynecologist. The IGCSE program at the Fugee School is helping me to work towards my goal.”

“My mom brought us to Malaysia so that me and my sisters and brother can go to school. My mom’s dream is to have her children complete their schooling and get a certificate. My goal is to get a certificate so that my mom’s dream can come true.”

“Because of conflict, I had to leave my country and my school. I am working very hard to take advantage of this opportunity. I hope to be a role-model for others who are facing challenges in their life.”

“Being a part of the IGCSE program is important to me because I want to show other girls in the community that they can try too.”


The overall aim of the IGCSE programme at the Fugee School is to provide an opportunity for refugee students to gain an international qualification to aid them in their applications for further studies or employment in Malaysia or another country after resettlement.

The programme started in July 2016 and aims to prepare students, aged 16-19, for the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) IGCSE certificate. Students will sit for exams in the May/June 2017 and October/November 2017 exam sessions. Students chose five subjects from the following to cover a range of academic skills and disciplines:

  • English as a Second Language

  • Mathematics

  • Combined Science

  • Malay Language

  • Development Studies

  • Economics

The students were selected by interview from the existing Fugee School secondary students based on their motivation to study, academic maturity, and clarity of their purpose to study. In addition to academic studies the students receive support in study skills and are provided with other opportunities to develop soft skills, for example, as teaching assistants to develop confidence and leadership skills.