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…

From Sabah, To Sabah: Giving Back The Teacher Way

By Hamsaveni Vigneswararao Desmond and his STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) club founded in 2018, which is now funded by Accenture after the Accenture Student Leadership Camp. Being placed in your own state to serve the two-year Teach For Malaysia Fellowship may be a dream come true for many Fellows, but that doesn’t make the…

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…

#JourneyThusFar : Gee Keat

With #JourneyThusFar , Teach For Malaysia wants to capture and acknowledge the reality of our teachers who are placed all over Malaysia, teaching in high-need schools. As the year comes to an end, it seems like the perfect time to reflect on what 2018 has presented us with.   Chee Gee Keat, a 2018 Fellow,…