This research focuses on the educational experiences of urban refugee children in Malaysia, examining the expectations of parents, NGO of educational projects for urban refugee children in Malaysia and investigating if the education space contributes to peace through intergroup contact. The conceptual framework for the study is based on intergroup contact theory which is based on the belief that interaction between individuals belonging to different groups will reduce ethnic prejudice and intergroup tension which could contribute to peace and conciliation. Although literature does provide for how education contributes to building peace, the lack of reporting by the media in Malaysia on refugee issues , the situation of refugees in Malaysia is not widely explored and this is especially true in relation to the education of refugee children in Malaysia . As such, this research intends to fill the research gap in literature by providing a more in depth studies on the educational experiences of urban refugee children, exploring the expectations of parents and key NGO of education projects and examining if indeed education for urban refugee children in Malaysia does fulfill these expectations and contribute to reduced ethnic prejudice and intergroup tension.
Shook Yee Leong, International Christian University, Japan
Stream: Education: social justice and social change
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