Chin’s story

Chin is a teacher at Senthang Learning Centre, one of the community schools we support in Malaysia. She and her family are still awaiting resettlement.

My name is Dawt Chin Par. I came from Chin State Hakha, Myanmar. My family and I live in Malaysia. I have one little sister. In Myanmar, I studied BA English at Chin Christian University (CCU). I studied during the day at university and I also worked at a Boarding School at night to guide matriculation students. During school holidays, I helped teach the younger children who were 5 to 12 years old.

I arrived Malaysia in Feb 2012. My family goes to Senthang Fellowship every Sunday. When I arrived, they had four teachers in Senthang Children Education Centre (SCEC) and 70 students. But one of the teachers was resettled in USA so they needed a teacher. The community leaders and teachers asked me to be a teacher at SCEC. I began teaching in March 2012 till today. In December 2015, our head teacher was resettled in Australia so I became the head teacher of SCEC.

I like teaching children and I am happy to be around them because they are very innocent and honest. I am very proud to be a teacher. Teaching is a noble job and I am fond of teaching.

Now we only have two teachers. In 2012 to 2015, we had 40 to 60 students and four teachers. But after 2015, we only have 20 to 25 students because we don’t have enough room in the school and also because some students have to leave school to help their parents, and others have to work to earn money to support their families. In our school, the children are from 4 to 13 years old.