I’m a #FriendofTFM: Mah Xian Zhen

My name is Mah Xian Zhen, and I’m a #FriendofTFM. I believe the work of building a nation starts in the classroom. My friend connected me on a personal level with Teach For Malaysia. I first heard about Teach For Malaysia through Nawar, a college friend who was a staff member there. I knew about Teach…

Tanah Airku

“Through caring, we can save the beauty of the environment. For our country. For our future generations.” – Izzati 2013 Alumna, Cheen Yee has taught in Permatang Tok Labu for 4 years. Contemplating on moving to research after finishing her Master’s degree in Educational Psychology, she opted to continue teaching for one more year –…

Satu Suara, Satu Hati

“We come from different backgrounds, but music unites us as one.” 2017 Fellow, Koay Yi Zhuang grew up with the opportunity to explore her passion for the arts, especially the harmonica. Seeing her students who share the same passion she had but have no platform to explore it, she vowed to bring the joy of…

Tiga Sahabat Buta Warna

“We are Kok Hao, Isaac, and Shahril!” These three students are pretty impressive for their age. Despite coming from challenging personal backgrounds, that hasn’t stopped them from charting out ambitious dreams for themselves, and working towards making them a reality. But perhaps what’s most impressive about them – is their friendship. At first, these three…

Parents write notes to students – and their kids write back!

“I felt touched when I read the note. I did not realise that my parents really care for me, especially about my life in school.” – OJS, 16 Research from around the world has shown that parental involvement is crucial to a child’s academic success. Last year, 2016 Fellow, Jessica Mary asked the parents of…

Why winning isn’t everything

“As a teacher, I realised that what I want for my students is not necessarily for them to win, but for them to develop their knowledge and skills.” – Khor Wei Ken, 2016 Fellow Wei Ken is a second-year English teacher at a high-need school in Pasir Gudang, Johor. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in…

Exams can’t measure a student’s worth

“The most important lessons in life are not always found in textbooks.” – Nadia Nicole, 2016 Fellow At the end of 2016, Nadia’s students completed their end-of-year English exam. Their results were impressive, but Nadia is not convinced that exams completely capture her students’ intellectual and social growth. Like many children throughout Malaysia, my students are…