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…

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…

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…