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…

#TFMweek 2017: Industry leaders become teachers for a day!

Teach For Malaysia Week (#TFMweek) returns for the fifth time. This year, public figures and industry leaders got the chance to work together with educators to help empower students in Johor. From 6 to 10 August, more than 35 participants excitedly co-taught lessons with 32 Teach For Malaysia (TFM) Fellows in 21 schools in Johor….

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…