Journey to the Fellowship: Nadhirah Syalin Koh

Travel, exposure, and the opportunity to learn new things are very important to me. While studying abroad at university, my wanderlust led me to volunteer with refugees in Calais and children in Morocco. I served my Malaysian Society as president for a year, then spent the next year teaching debate to primary school kids through…

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…

Roy’s MyHarapan Journey

“I learned a lot from this journey. I learned to never give up. Though there were many challenges and unexpected events, I learned to thrive together with my students.” Earlier this April, I came across the MyHarapan Social Project Challenge through Alina Amir’s (a 2013 Alumna) post on Facebook. It caught my attention, for 2…

Teaching to the Heart

“I’m a firm believer in relationship-building. The closer you are to them, the more they listen to what you have to say.” Thumbs twirl pens.  Hands send notes. Shoulders sag. Eyes drift. Inevitably, a mouth passes a comment. “Alamak, English pula, tidur lah.” Apathy towards English is not uncommon in Malaysian schools, especially those located…

Today we might fall flat. But tomorrow, we go again.

A reflection by 2015 Fellow, James Choong on his journey thus far. Maybe it takes time to process. Maybe it just hasn’t settled in. Me, the kid who slept through lessons, who skipped class at any opportunity, who thought high school was a waste of time. Yes, I teach. (My former teachers will probably be shocked to…

Meet our Alumni: Hilmi Faiz

“I can’t imagine myself not going into classrooms for a day.” Hilmi Faiz bin Mustafa Kamal was a fresh graduate when he joined the Fellowship in 2013. He graduated from the University of Southampton in the UK with a Bachelor of Science (Biology). After completing 2 years of the Fellowship, he decided to stay in school…

Classroom Stories: Hilang Sabar

Two months into teaching, 2014 Fellow, Muhammad Safwan shares his story of one of his toughest moments: A student who remained indifferent in spite of his teacher’s best efforts.  “2C is one of my most challenging classes. More than half the class of 38 students are aspiring boys. The class is well-populated with students who…