To Walk in Another’s Shoes

Written by Jessica Fung, 2018 Fellow. “Don’t judge people for the choices they make when you don’t know the options they had to choose from.” Like it or not, a child’s background often determines the course of his or her life. Children from underprivileged communities do not have the same access to education opportunities, including…

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…

Yen Teng: I teach for others like myself

“Your background should not define your success in life.” Lim Yen Teng (2017 Fellow) has first-hand experience in the hardship of coming from a challenging background. Despite the barriers he faced, his life was transformed by the influence of a cikgu. Being one himself now, he strives to empower others that face the same challenges…

Tina Tan: Three lessons from the Fellowship

Learning is a two-way street When I first started the Fellowship, I was told that teaching would push me to achieve my potential and would be a great learning experience. Looking back, I couldn’t agree more: just as I was able to impact my students, I’ve also learnt so much from them. Trust Before I joined,…

Aaqilah Afraa: Finding My Voice

“I want to empower others that were in the same shoes as me.” Aaqilah Afraa applied to join the 2019 cohort of the Fellowship with the goal of starting her own social enterprise that empowers individuals in her community. Read on to hear her own #StoryWorthTelling! Aaqilah’s personal struggle during her childhood molded her to…

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…