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Cahaya Society is an organization registered with the Registry of Societies of Malaysia as Pertubuhan Pendidikan Anak Cahaya Sabah. Established in January 2019 and focuses on the advocacy of alternative education for stateless children in Sandakan, Sabah.

Cahaya Society is committed to three core values which are advocacy, community and solidarity. The main advocacy is alternative education for stateless children, which has resulted in the development of community centres and activities, including a safe-space for stateless children, which has aided and reinforced Malaysians who believe that all children, regardless of citizenship status, economic class, or background, have the right to an education.

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With a dedication to advocacy through alternative education, Cahaya Society established the Cahaya Learning Center (CLC) as its primary program, implementing discussing sessions as well as film, arts, philosophy, and book appreciation through its alternative education program.

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Communities are not left behind as it is a part of the organization's core value. We believe that community has potential to be empowered through project management and implementation via collaborative partners which later could be impactful

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Cahaya Society puts emphasis in creating long-term advocacy and solidarity in areas of focus across all layers of society.


Becoming a more effective and comprehensive organization in terms of advocating alternative education to stateless children and empowering communities for more impactful social change.


Develop the potential, identity and educational rights of stateless children in favor of the neglected community.


1. Develop a spirit of solidarity and togetherness in the community.
2. Reduce the illiteracy rate among stateless children.
3. Creating networks and collective work between communities and civil society organizations.

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