Anders Cheng: This is what teaching is all about

“I believe that there is a need for Sarawakians to contribute to education, more so in Sarawak because we have a unique perspective on life. Harmony and unity is our song, and no one in Malaysia would hear it if we choose to be silent.” – Anders Cheng, 2014 Alumnus People often ask me why I…

Venessa Sambai: Nation-building starts in the classroom

“We need more youths to take on this challenge to build sustainable change in communities, and eventually, a better system for all.” – Venessa Sambai, 2013 Alumna The idea of social change has always been on my mind since I was in university. I’m the first to graduate in my family,  and all the privileges I have are because of…

Samantha Loh: I Teach For Daniel

“Even when my students fail their exams, even when I feel inadequate as an educator, the priceless interaction with students is what drives me to continue teaching every day, and I think it’s worth all the sweat and tears.”  – Samantha Loh, 2016 Fellow I teach for Daniel* because he reminds me of, well, me….

Teo Yen Ming: I Teach For Ain & Aiman

“We think students have low English proficiency because they don’t see the relevance of learning English, they are not interested, they don’t care. In reality, we fail to see that many have tried, many feel frustrated, and many have given up because they are tired of trying without support.” – Teo Yen Ming, 2016 Fellow On my…

Adzrul Syafiq: I Teach For Michelle & Faiq

“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” – Plato As a teacher, I am a firm believer that we should not impose…

I came back to Teach For Malaysia: Najwa’s story

Najwa Huda came back to join the Teach For Malaysia Fellowship after graduating with a Bachelor of Natural Science in Physics from Michigan State University. Here’s why. 1. Why did you decide to join the Teach For Malaysia Fellowship? “You want to become a teacher? Is that all you want to do in life?” That was the reaction I got whenever…

I came back to Teach For Malaysia: Deborah’s story

Deborah Dris came back to join the Teach For Malaysia Fellowship after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies & Anthropology from the University of Western Australia. Here’s why. 1. Why did you decide to join the Teach For Malaysia Fellowship? Honestly I was not keen on returning to Malaysia after studying abroad. I realised that people…