Tina Tan: Three lessons from the Fellowship

Learning is a two-way street When I first started the Fellowship, I was told that teaching would push me to achieve my potential and would be a great learning experience. Looking back, I couldn’t agree more: just as I was able to impact my students, I’ve also learnt so much from them. Trust Before I joined,…

What Makes Teachers Great?

This is an excerpt from What Students Want, an upcoming book showcasing personal glimpses into current education issues that are pertinent to students. This essay was written by Soon Teck, a former student of Brian Geh (2012 Alumnus). It is indisputable that teachers play a pivotal role in shaping young minds for the future. The…

Journey to the Fellowship: Nadhirah Syalin Koh

Travel, exposure, and the opportunity to learn new things are very important to me. While studying abroad at university, my wanderlust led me to volunteer with refugees in Calais and children in Morocco. I served my Malaysian Society as president for a year, then spent the next year teaching debate to primary school kids through…

Irsyad Zainal Bahrin: Why I choose to teach

I’m so grateful for the path carved for me by God in this battle. I’m thankful that I’m able to give my best despite my shortcomings, because every step in this fight is laying a brick in the foundation of our country. Every student deserves the space and support to learn from their mistakes and…

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: 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…