Quality Education for Marginalised Children
Etania aims to provide quality education for marginalised, undocumented, and stateless children in Sabah, Malaysia. There are many thousands of children without access to education and Etania is determined to provide access to beneficial and relevant learning programmes for these children. All children have the right to education and this is our pledge to help as many as we can.
Etania envisions a quality education for marginalised children empowering them with the skills for a better life.
Etania, meaning the greatness of God, is a group of schools set up for marginalised and stateless children in the state of Sabah, Malaysia. Etania takes any child who has no access to the national education system and provides a complete learning programme designed for the needs of these children.
As many of the Indonesian migrants have entered Sabah as undocumented workers, their children – many of whom are born in Malaysia – are not registered in either nation, so becoming stateless. These are Sabah’s ‘invisible’ children, unacknowledged by all. It seems like these children live in spaces of ‘non-existence’, being unacknowledged as people.
There are so many hindrances to the registration process that in most cases it is not possible to register the birth of a stateless child, thus making that infant a ‘non-person’ in governance terms. This means thousands of children were born in Sabah but are not claimed or recognised by any country or nation.
Film © 2020 | Etania Schools
Edited by Jared Abdul Rahman
Produced by The Amadis Project
Filmed in Sabah
Music © 2020 | Hooksounds
Featuring “If Only” by Hooksounds Originals
Additional resources: Etania Schools website