Empowering Change Through Education: A Year Ahead of Impact and Unity

by Neha Patel, PACE Chair

Dear PACE Friends,

As we embark on another year of service for CSB and the children of Rohingya refugees in Malaysia, I am thrilled to share with you our exciting plans that promise to make a profound difference in their lives. Our organisation is committed to ensuring that education remains a beacon of hope for these young minds, offering them a pathway to a brighter future.

At the heart of our organization lies a commitment to the UWC Mission, which emphasizes the value of a diverse and inclusive community.

Transformation Through Education

Education has a transformative power that transcends barriers and empowers individuals to break free from the cycle of adversity. This year, our primary focus is to ensure that the students at CSB have access to quality secondary education that not only imparts knowledge but also instils confidence, resilience, and a sense of purpose.  This support takes many forms including providing resources for quality teachers; access to teaching materials, computers, and science equipment; and monetary support for exam fees, transport and school operations, so that more and more students each year can sit and earn IGCSE credits towards a brighter future.  

In August 2023, four additional CSB scholars left for the Philippines to get a start on that brighter future and are pursuing college degrees at universities on a full scholarship. In time, these determined students will also be eligible for a Philippines passport for themselves and their families – transcending the barriers imposed on them in Malaysia. 

Also in August 2023, the first batch of CSB secondary students supported by PACE received their IGCSE scores for the Malay exam.  All thirteen students passed with As or A*s – giving them the confidence to tackle the next set of exams coming up in November 2023.  

Unite for Change: Quiz Night Fundraisers

Our Quiz Night Fundraisers have become an iconic part of the UWC annual calendar, and this year is no exception. These lively events bring together individuals from all corners of the College in an atmosphere of friendly competition and camaraderie. It’s not just a chance to showcase your knowledge but also an opportunity to contribute to a cause that is larger than any one of us. Mark your calendars for these evenings of fun, laughter, and meaningful giving – November 18 for Dover Campus and November 25 for East Campus.

Kindred Spirits in Action – Across a Community – For a Common Goal

This year, we are expanding our engagement opportunities to ensure that every member of our community can play a role in this important mission. From parent service trips to family volunteering days, to mentoring Grade 11 students, there are myriad ways to get involved.  

One of our greatest successes last year as a community was unlocking the depth of resources and compassion at UWCSEA for CSB. Students, teachers and administrators have generously donated their time in training, collecting resources, donating necessary supplies and volunteering at CSB.   By opening these avenues, we are fostering a sense of ownership and unity, demonstrating that each person’s contribution, no matter how big or small, is vital to our collective success.

At the heart of our organisation lies a commitment to the UWC Mission, which emphasizes the value of a diverse and inclusive community.  We move forward knowing that education is not just about acquiring knowledge; it’s about nurturing potential, igniting curiosity, and shaping the future leaders of our world. Our collective efforts as a community hold the power to transform these children’s lives, instilling in them the belief that their dreams are within reach.

Thank you for your unwavering support and dedication to our cause. Together, we can rewrite the narratives of these young lives and create a legacy of change that will resonate for generations to come.

With gratitude and determination.