Irsyad Zainal Bahrin: Why I choose to teach

I’m so grateful for the path carved for me by God in this battle. I’m thankful that I’m able to give my best despite my shortcomings, because every step in this fight is laying a brick in the foundation of our country. Every student deserves the space and support to learn from their mistakes and…

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…

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…

Stories from the front line: Candee Chee

“Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.” – Rosa Luxemburg When I was studying Sociology, people were defined by all these statistics and numbers, these one-liners. X% of students face Y challenge because of Z factor. After teaching for two years at a high-need school, I feel like education inequity is not…

I’m a #FriendofTFM: Fatimah Merican

My name is Fatimah Merican, and I’m a #FriendofTFM. I believe the work of building a nation starts in the classroom. I heard about Teach For Malaysia at the very beginning when the founders were still working at PwC. I met Dzameer at a dinner and when he talked about Teach For Malaysia, his passion…

I’m a #FriendofTFM: Ong Ning Jia

My name is Ong Ning Jia, and I’m a #FriendofTFM. I believe the work of building a nation starts in the classroom. I truly believe education can solve all humanity’s problems. I first heard of the Teach For Malaysia Fellowship back in Sydney, during a recruitment talk in 2012, and I was really interested but I…