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Bajau children are playing on Mabul island. Most of their parents are working in Semporna or other towns in Sabah and children are left alone or with their grandparents. It's seems that the island belongs to children as you can see them play everywhere.

In the evenings though, some of them attend a school for stateless children. A local teacher, Alee, established this school on Mabul island 5 years ago. In the beginning Alee had only 4 pupils, but now the number of students attending his lessons, which take place at 8pm ever night (except Thursday), has swollen to 80.

“It is very important for Bajau children to start learning, as this is the only way for them to get jobs in the future and make a living if they cannot fish anymore,” Alee explains.