#TFMweek2018 : Dancing Queen Goes Back To School

On the 6th of August, Suhaili Micheline, one of Malaysia’s most celebrated contemporary dancers and a name famously associated with the likes of Under Armour, Sk!n, Disney and Malaysia’s ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, took a ferry ride to a small island off Klang with 2018 Fellow Gee Keat to participate in a co-teaching…

Warda: Lessons from the Fellowship | part 2

If you haven’t, check out part 1 of Warda’s story, where she shares the challenges she encountered in her community while teaching on the Fellowship. For my second-year initiative, I started BLISS because I want to shift the “budak kampung” mindset. I want to empower students like Hakim to lead their own learning — which…

Warda: Lessons from the Fellowship | part 1

After graduating with a degree in business management, I never thought I’d be teaching in an underprivileged community in Johor for the next two years. It’s been an experience unlike anything I expected. I was faced with intense, immediate challenges from day one, and I had to learn to thrive. On a daily basis, I…

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…