Lim Mei Jin: What I want for my students

In their second year, our Fellows kickstart initiatives to address a problem in their communities. Mei Jin, a 2016 Alumna co-founded Project FLY to address the need for better discipline and diversity among students, through camps and community project workshops. Mei Jin wrote this poem to commemorate the past 2 months she spent with her…

Why not have a no-gift Christmas?

It’s coming up to that time of the year! The time when we all crack our collective heads over what to get our friends and family – and hope no one buys the same presents as us! But what do you get the friend who has it all already? How do we make our gift…

Stories from the front line: Kenneth Khoo

We often think the goal of schooling is to graduate with perfect grades. We emphasise academic excellence because we know it can deeply affect a student’s future opportunities. But sometimes, we fail to appreciate how important extra-curricular activities are in shaping a student’s character, and in some cases, their future too. Bernard, one of my…

Stories from the front line: Chiew Teng

When my parents divorced, it took me a while before I could talk about it as a child. The first time I told my best friend, she listened as I cried. I found that talking helps—that’s why it’s an important part of my teaching method. Coming from a poor family, I was the first to…

Stories from the front line: Helmy Arifin

I come from a family of five – my parents, my two brothers and I. Growing up, we were a very low-income family, living in Kuala Lumpur. My dad worked in a blue-collar job, and my mum had to quit her job after she had my little brother, because of the recession. When I was…

Stories from the front line: Candee Chee

“Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.” – Rosa Luxemburg When I was studying Sociology, people were defined by all these statistics and numbers, these one-liners. X% of students face Y challenge because of Z factor. After teaching for two years at a high-need school, I feel like education inequity is not…

I’m a #FriendofTFM: Fatimah Merican

My name is Fatimah Merican, and I’m a #FriendofTFM. I believe the work of building a nation starts in the classroom. I heard about Teach For Malaysia at the very beginning when the founders were still working at PwC. I met Dzameer at a dinner and when he talked about Teach For Malaysia, his passion…