Soonufat Supramaniam: Heart for the Arts brought me back to Malaysia

“We believe that excellent education is beyond academic achievement and it’s about transforming mindsets and exposing students, about creating opportunities for them to succeed.”     Soonufat Supramaniam, better known as Soon, is a 2015 Alumnus currently teaching English at a high-need school in Lubok Buntar, Kedah. As a graduate from The Australian National University…

My School Reality: Resilience through the Fellowship

Phavanjit Kaur, a 2018 Fellow, is currently placed in a high need school in Johor. This is her candid account of her daily life as a teacher. (Written on 2nd of June 2018) I don’t think I would do any justice to describe my 3 months as a Teach For Malaysia Fellow so far (I…

#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…