The Complex Reality of Education Inequity: A Peek into an Alumna’s Experiences Part 2

By Hamsaveni Vigneswararao In the last post, I wrote about some of the school-level issues that I saw while teaching in a school in Miri, Sarawak. It was a tough pill to swallow, but what was even harder was interacting with students day in and day out. I loved (and still love) my students, but…

The Complex Reality of Education Inequity: A Peek into an Alumna’s Experiences Part 1

By Hamsaveni Vigneswararao At the end of 2014, I got my posting for the Teach For Malaysia Fellowship. I unwrapped a piece of paper that had the name of my school and was instantly filled with dread when I realised I had been delegated to Miri, Sarawak. Like many non-Borneans, I had never been to…

To Walk in Another’s Shoes

Written by Jessica Fung, 2018 Fellow. “Don’t judge people for the choices they make when you don’t know the options they had to choose from.” Like it or not, a child’s background often determines the course of his or her life. Children from underprivileged communities do not have the same access to education opportunities, including…

Nur Ayneen: Terima Kasih Cikgu Jessica!

Nama saya Nur Ayneen. Saya berumur 13 tahun. Saya seorang pelajar Tingkatan 1 yang berasal dari Semporna, Sabah. Dahulu, saya merupakan seorang pelajar yang pemalu, tidak berkeyakinan dan tidak dapat bertutur Bahasa Inggeris dengan baik. Tetapi segalanya berubah sejak adanya guru dari Teach For Malaysia (TFM) iaitu Cikgu Jessica (2018 Fellow). Cikgu Jessica telah membimbing…

Puan Saidatul: Championing Education in Semporna

This May – the month of Teachers’ Day – Teach For Malaysia (TFM) is appreciating and celebrating the champions in the education system, who work alongside us to give all children an excellent education. Puan Saidatul Izdihar bt Amir Bangsa is an education champion who has dedicated her career to education. She has served in…

Giving Back to the Homeland: Being a Teaching Alumni in Sarawak

Written by Hamsaveni Vigneswararao Fellows join the Teach For Malaysia (TFM) Fellowship for a number of reasons, and after the Fellowship, some choose to stay on in the front line as Teaching Alumni. One such Alumnus is Anders Cheng, who taught at a high-need school in Klang from 2014-2015 for his 2-year Fellowship Programme. He…

Ras Atiqah: Bringing Inspiration Home to Create Change

Written by Hamsaveni Vigneswararao (2015) Being away in a foreign land opens your eyes to what can be taken back to your own, and that is precisely what inspired 2017 Alumna Ras Atiqah binti Mohd Rosli, to return after her studies in the United States to teach the children of Malaysia. Why Join Teach For…