Elizabeth Wong : How the Fellowship paved my career pathway

To decide on her future career pathway, Elizabeth asked herself “What am I willing to put my utmost time and effort into, when it comes to building a career?” After some serious soul-searching, she found her answer : “I want to help make people’s life better, especially those from marginalised communities. I feel strongly that…

Aisyah Ajib : My parents’ journey towards the Fellowship

“Even a tiny drop in the ocean can create ripples. Therefore I believe, that even the smallest of good things that we do, will count, insyaAllah.” Once an architect of buildings, now an architect of lives. Meet Aisyah Ajib, a 2018 Teach For Malaysia (TFM) Fellow who has a great passion to serve and contribute…

Beatrice Belinda: Kampung to university, and back again

“School is useless and it’s a waste of time.” My classmates in high school would say. Beatrice Belinda grew up in a community where her peers believed that there is no future in education. In order to prove them wrong and inspire them to think otherwise, she’s setting out on her story worth telling! Even…

Aaqilah Afraa: Finding My Voice

“I want to empower others that were in the same shoes as me.” Aaqilah Afraa applied to join the 2019 cohort of the Fellowship with the goal of starting her own social enterprise that empowers individuals in her community. Read on to hear her own #StoryWorthTelling! Aaqilah’s personal struggle during her childhood molded her to…

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…

Irsyad Zainal Bahrin: Why I choose to teach

I’m so grateful for the path carved for me by God in this battle. I’m thankful that I’m able to give my best despite my shortcomings, because every step in this fight is laying a brick in the foundation of our country. Every student deserves the space and support to learn from their mistakes and…