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Educating plantation workers’ children in Malaysia

Neste Oil supports schooling for children living in remote parts of Malaysia and has contributed for a number of years to the work of the Humana Child Aid Society, which gives thousands of children the chance to go to school who would otherwise miss out on this opportunity.

Humana Child Aid runs schools and learning centers on remote plantations together with responsibly minded local palm oil companies. All its schools are officially approved by the Malaysian Ministry of Education. The aim is to offer education to children who would not normally be able to attend school because of the long distances they would have to travel, poverty, or their lack of legal entitlement.

Palm oil companies have begun to pay increasing attention to their social responsibility and children’s education in recent years, and a growing number of children today have the chance to attend school as a result.

“Our partners feel that the assistance they give us provides real benefits, as workers are more satisfied and stay with them for a long time,” says the Chief Executive Officer of the Human Child Aid Society, Torben Venning.

Educating a growing number of children

The Humana Child Aid Society has done a lot of good work educating children and has opened over 20 new learning centers providing basic education for more than 2,000 children over the last few years. Over 12,000 children attend the organization’s 130 schools in all. Although a lot has been achieved, there is still a lot left to do, says Torben.

“Over 10,000 children have been educated at our schools so far, but there’s still more we can do, as lots of children on plantations still lack the opportunity to attend school.”