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 told someone what I wanted to do after university. Unfortunately, teaching has become one of the most underrated professions in Malaysia. I want to become a teacher because it is my passion, not my last option. I don’t just want to teach – I want to educate, motivate, inspire and change lives. I’ve heard stories of so many children in Malaysia who are not able to live up to their fullest potential because they lack access to opportunities.
I was blessed with a good education, and I want the same for every student in Malaysia. I want to use my time as a Teach For Malaysia Fellow to be the best teacher I can be. I have a dream, to see our nation transformed, and I believe that education is one of the most effective ways to realise that dream. Teaching is not just an option, it is a life-changing decision – both for teacher and student.
Najwa joined the Teach For Malaysia Fellowship and started teaching in January this year. She teaches History at a high-need school in Pasir Gudang, Johor.
2. How do you empower students as a Teach For Malaysia Fellow?
I’ve met some students who will be sitting for their PT3 exam this year, who never want to come back to school after that. I’ve met others who always get into trouble in school because of the lack of love they receive at home.
Although these students are the ones who constantly give me a hard time, they are also the reason I keep going. I realise how lucky I am to be able to let them know that they matter – every day. I want them to live their lives knowing that someone cares about them, and would love to see them be successful in their own way.
3. What are your hopes for students and education in Malaysia?
If you’re studying overseas, come back to Malaysia after you graduate. You’ve had the opportunity to experience different systems and cultures; and there’s so much we can do to help build our own country. If you want to see change in Malaysia, teach – it’s powerful because you will be able to bring change to the community, and it’s also our responsibility to give our best to the youth of our nation.
Teach For Malaysia recruits, trains and supports Fellows to teach in high-need schools across the nation. Beyond the Fellowship, our Alumni continue to champion education in different ways. To date, we’ve impacted over 44,000 students, working with the Ministry of Education and other partners.
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