UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Nicol David (right) talks to the village headman of Kampung Ulu Tual B (left) about the community’s new learning centre
Development the Orang Asli way

UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Nicol David visits the Orang Asli community to learn about their needs – and their solutions

“They want to have it right here where it’s just easily accessible, and at the same time there’s a place where they feel like they belong, and they can come together as a community,” said David.

Jenita Engi from the Centre for Orang Asli Concerns (COAC) is helping to spearhead the project, and has been developing a culturally-specific curriculum for the community, by integrating local culture with mainstream education. The idea is to allow students to continue to benefit from the core syllabus, as well as be instructed in their traditions and heritage. She works together with fellow project partner Ewok Perai, as well as two youths from the village whom she is training to be teaching assistants.

“I hope Cenwey Penaney will blaze the trail in creating a culturally-specific curriculum for the local community. And we hope that the community here and in the surrounding areas will use the centre for the progress of their education, their culture, and their lives,” said Engi.

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