Puan Tan: Teaching Much More Than Mathematics

This May – the month of Teachers’ Day – Teach For Malaysia (TFM) is appreciating and celebrating the strong champions in the education system, who work alongside us to give all children an excellent education. Puan Tan Siew Choo, the Penolong Kanan Petang (Head of Afternoon Session) at one of TFM’s placement schools, is one…

What Makes Teachers Great?

This is an excerpt from What Students Want, an upcoming book showcasing personal glimpses into current education issues that are pertinent to students. This essay was written by Soon Teck, a former student of Brian Geh (2012 Alumnus). It is indisputable that teachers play a pivotal role in shaping young minds for the future. The…

Dragons’ Den and beyond: How we raised RM25,000 for ARTspire

In anticipation of this year’s Dragons’ Den happening this Saturday, 10th March, Jia Qi (2018 Fellow) sits down with Candee Chee (2016 Fellow) to talk about ARTspire, an initiative that she pitched at last year’s Dragons’ Den. 1. Hi Candee! What’s your initiative about?  ARTspire is an initiative that aims to empower students to express…

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…

Why not have a no-gift Christmas?

It’s coming up to that time of the year! The time when we all crack our collective heads over what to get our friends and family – and hope no one buys the same presents as us! But what do you get the friend who has it all already? How do we make our gift…