Understanding through participation Educational Program


Changing Community Attitudes

Mettamorphosis team, led by Chairperson, Dr Marilyn Metta, and Co-Chairperson, Rubi Ni Chin, has proven experience, expertise, and capability to undertake large-scale community-led project as demonstrated in the national educational project, Understanding Through Participation, which incorporates our international award-winning documentary film, How I Became a Refugee. This program has been introduced into over 100 schools across Australia to foster social inclusion and cohesion amongst young people. We have successfully engaged over 4500 high school students with over 80% success rates in changing harmful attitudes towards refugees and improving social inclusion and cross-cultural competency amongst young people.

The chin story

Who are the Chin People?

Chin people

The Chin people are an ethnic group formed by various language groups in the Chin state of Western Myanmar. In 2014, their population numbered to just under 500,000. A majority of the Chin people are Christian, a result of early missionary activity in the nineteenth century.

Since the rise of the military junta in 1962, they have faced religious persecution and human rights abuse from the government. While Myanmar is not a formally religious state, the military government violently enforced observance of Buddhism. As a result, many Chin flee from Myanmar and begin a long and dangerous journey to seek asylum at the Kuala Lumpur UNHCR office.

Seeking asylum in Malaysia

In Malaysia, refugees are not formally recognised by the government, and so make up an estimated 200,000 stateless people denied access to employment, healthcare, education and financial assistance.

Chin refugees gain some protection from being issued a UNHCR card stating their refugee status, but must wait for resettlement in a host country in a situation which is dangerous, difficult, and puts stress on mental and physical health.


Schools We Support

Without access to state education, nurseries and schools are set up by local Chin Christian Church network to provide basic education and protection for Chin children while parents work during the day to support their families. These schools and facilities are funded somewhat haphazardly by a combination of NGOs, Chin Church networks, and international donors. Mettamorphosis fills in the gaps and aims to provide more security.

The nature of Mettamorphosis places us in a good position to address these needs. We are a small scale, diversely staffed organisation with a great deal of combined experience working in refugee issues in the South-East Asian region. As the Chin community has a successful model of self-support, Mettamorphosis delivers resources based on close collaboration with staff to assess the needs of the school at the time. In the past we have provided school fees, furnishings, uniforms and education resources. We also provide crisis support and organise donations to individuals where required.

Mettamorphosis visits Kuala Lumpur quarterly and currently provides finance and resource support to the following two Chin schools.

Senthang Learning Centre

Senthang Learning Centre

Zophei Children’s School

Zophei Children’s School

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