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Kimberly Copeland - Blog 7: De-Bunking Social Responsibility

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The last month of 2016 brings my last blog as a Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives intern at the Malaysian Social Research Institute. I wanted to write this last written episode of this UVic CAPI experience about something we interns are taught to examine and explore throughout this unique opportunity: social responsibility. This blog is a personal attempt to de-bunk the stigmas and approaches to social responsibility as an intern working for a NGO providing support to the Middle Eastern refugee population in Malaysia.

 

Kimberly Copeland - Blog 6: Social Enterprise Opportunities for Malaysian NGOs

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A recent opportunity at MSRI I have been able to collaborate on is MSRI’s vocational training program-turned social enterprise, CINTA. CINTA targets the female refugee and asylum-seeker population of MSRI and hopes to provide them with the technical skills to make handicrafts such as jewelry, handbags, napkins, aprons, etc. that are sold in fairs, bazaars, and private functions. The money collected from these events becomes a source of revenue for the women (and their families) who participate in the program.

Kimberly Copeland - Blog 5: University Opportunities (?) for Refugees in Malaysia

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About a month ago, I had the amazing opportunity to participate in a forum discussing the university education opportunities with Open Universities for Refugees, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and several other refugee-based community schools. I came out of the three day conference with more questions than answers.

This area of refugee education in Malaysia is multi-layered in it's difficulty to implement between the Malaysian universities, the government, the primary and secondary community schools, and the potential students themselves.

Kim Copeland - Blog 4: Interview with Ghasem: English Education Coordinator at MSRI

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Ghasem is a twenty two year old refugee from Afghanistan and the English Education Coordinator at the Malaysian Social Research Institute (MSRI). He is also one of my good friends here in Kuala Lumpur and absolutely hilarious. Here is our interview surrounding his personal and professional thoughts on education; his experiences in Afghanistan learning English; and how life has come full-circle for him, teaching English at MSRI.

 

 

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Kim Copeland - Blog 3: Restructuring an Education System and my Own Work Habits at MSRI

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The Malaysian Social Research Institute provides case management, medical consultation and counselling and education (kindergarten, primary and secondary as well as adult English education) to refugees that currently reside in Malaysia.

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Kim Copeland - Blog 2: The United Nations Global Forum on Migration and Development: History, Objectives, and What is to Come

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The Global Forum on Migration and Development is a voluntary, informal, non-binding and government-led process that began after a September 2006 report from the UN General Assembly High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development. The event (usually spanning over a four-day period: two government-led days and two civil society-driven days) is open to United Nations States Members and observers; and civil society.

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Kimberly Copeland - Blog 1: Introduction

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This introductory week, Danae and I interviewed eachother about our upcoming internships with WARBE and MSRI.

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