Encik Hanizzan: Fighting for Education for All

In the month of Teachers’ Day, Teach For Malaysia (TFM) appreciates and celebrates the champions in the system, who work alongside us to give all children an excellent education. Encik Mohd Hanizzan bin Mohd Hanafiah, TFM’s desk officer at JPN Selangor (the Selangor State Education Department), is one of these champions. He first joined the…

Stories from the front line: Chiew Teng

When my parents divorced, it took me a while before I could talk about it as a child. The first time I told my best friend, she listened as I cried. I found that talking helps—that’s why it’s an important part of my teaching method. Coming from a poor family, I was the first to…

Stories from the front line: Helmy Arifin

I come from a family of five – my parents, my two brothers and I. Growing up, we were a very low-income family, living in Kuala Lumpur. My dad worked in a blue-collar job, and my mum had to quit her job after she had my little brother, because of the recession. When I was…

Tiga Sahabat Buta Warna

“We are Kok Hao, Isaac, and Shahril!” These three students are pretty impressive for their age. Despite coming from challenging personal backgrounds, that hasn’t stopped them from charting out ambitious dreams for themselves, and working towards making them a reality. But perhaps what’s most impressive about them – is their friendship. At first, these three…