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…

#TanyaTFM: What happens after the Fellowship?

Last week, we curated @twt_malaysia’s Twitter account!  Here are some #TanyaTFM highlights – in case you missed it. We’ve had some great discussions with the Twittersphere over the past week about the impact teachers have on our nation, plus some frequently asked questions about the Teach For Malaysia Fellowship. Now you’re probably wondering, what happens after the two years? Well, our…

#TanyaTFM: What is the Fellowship?

Last week, we curated @twt_malaysia’s Twitter account!  Here are some #TanyaTFM highlights – in case you missed it. The Twittersphere sent us some really great questions about the Fellowship. We thought this would be a good place to start: Thanks for bringing us back to basics, @nooratiqahabdu1! TFM is short for Teach For Malaysia – we’re an independent, not-for-profit organisation…

#TanyaTFM: Why Teach?

Last week, we curated @twt_malaysia’s Twitter account!  Here are some #TanyaTFM highlights – in case you missed it. We kicked off the conversation by popping the big question: A flurry of responses came in. Some recounted fond memories of their teachers, many shared that their teachers even changed the trajectories of their lives. @HyukBaoBei wrote how her headmaster supported her family…

#Adiwiraku: The reviews are in!

Based on the true story of Teach For Malaysia Alumna, Cheryl Fernando, and how her students beat the odds at a choral speaking competition, Adiwiraku has been selected as a Finalist at the Phoenix Film Festival Melbourne 2017 and a semi-finalist at the Equality International Film Festival 2016. It’s been 5 days since the movie opened in…

The teacher behind Adiwiraku & the woman who empowered her

In honour of International Women’s Day, we caught up with Cheryl Ann Fernando, one of the teachers behind the true story that inspired the film Adiwiraku. 1. Tell us about an important woman in your life, and how she’s empowered you to be who you are today. My mother. She completed her degree when she…