Puan Saidatul: Championing Education in Semporna

This May – the month of Teachers’ Day – Teach For Malaysia (TFM) is appreciating and celebrating the champions in the education system, who work alongside us to give all children an excellent education. Puan Saidatul Izdihar bt Amir Bangsa is an education champion who has dedicated her career to education. She has served in…

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…

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…

Beatrice Belinda: Kampung to university, and back again

“School is useless and it’s a waste of time.” My classmates in high school would say. Beatrice Belinda grew up in a community where her peers believed that there is no future in education. In order to prove them wrong and inspire them to think otherwise, she’s setting out on her story worth telling! Even…

What Makes Teachers Great?

This is an excerpt from What Students Want, an upcoming book showcasing personal glimpses into current education issues that are pertinent to students. This essay was written by Soon Teck, a former student of Brian Geh (2012 Alumnus). It is indisputable that teachers play a pivotal role in shaping young minds for the future. The…

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…

A TFM Christmas: His Own Hero

As we approach Christmas, we take the time to reflect on our greatest source of strength and inspiration: our students. Today, 2013 Fellow Joel Ryan Lee tells us about Ali, a student who faces impossible challenges each day, and still manages to smile. “I once wrote about Ali*, my most inspiring student out of the…