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…

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…

A TFM Christmas: “There is hope yet”

As we approach Christmas, we take the time to reflect on our greatest source of strength and inspiration: our students, and how often they can surprise us with their ability to achieve, as 2012 Fellow Izwan Abu recently found. Staying in a hotel, with kids from different schools, the first realisation my students had was…

A TFM Christmas: Pasar Malam Adventures

As we approach Christmas, we take the time to reflect on our greatest source of strength and inspiration: our students. In today’s story, 2013 Fellow Wan Farihah Ahmad Fahmy shares how a simple trip to the local pasar malam gave her new perspectives on her students. Yesterday after English class, three boys came up to…

The 3rd Year: Azizi Khamis

Why would a Multimedia, Film & Animation graduate shift gears to become an educator? Azizi Khamis, a graduate of Multimedia University (MMU), shares his motivations for this new career trajectory after two years as a Teach For Malaysia Fellow. The Fellowship is a 2-year commitment. What made you decide to do more than that? I…

The Unexpected Champions

“… to see my kids speaking a hundred times more English than they have ever spoken in their entire lives, to see them screaming with joy and feeling confident for once, is worth every second, every drop of sweat, and every sigh of fatigue for me,” utters Liew Suet Li, a 2012 Fellow, as she…

The Class That “Could Not Be Saved”

“This story is for those of you who are wondering if what you are doing is worthwhile,” says 2012 Fellow Ranjeetha Sivajanam. “Wondering if your kids get why you are working so hard. Wondering if they will care enough to work as hard as you.” For those of you who don’t already know, I am…