Students on the Big Stage

Multi-award winning musician Dennis Lau’s journey toward becoming an accomplished musician was birthed from humble circumstances of academic failure and his mother’s persevering love. “I am where I am today because I had people who believed in me, who provided me with opportunities. This concert is called ‘THE CHOSEN’ because we are all chosen for…

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…

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…

Stories from the Classroom: Joel

Joel Ryan Lee, a 2013 Fellow, speaks honestly about the many challenges he faces as a teacher and leader in a high-need classroom. Education inequity is often overwhelming but despite the tough stuff, he remains positive. Joel maintains an incredible sense of possibility and wholehearted belief that he can make a difference in helping his…

Stories from the Classroom: Suet Li

 Teaching in a high-need school is a highly challenging endeavour and a constant up-hill battle. It takes true leadership, passion and resilience to make a difference in the lives of students who need it the most.  Here, our 2012 Fellow, Liew Suet Li shares her encounter with hope and aspiration as she experienced it in…

Stories from the Classroom: Farihah

Farihah, a Political Science and International Development Studies graduate from McGill University, is a new Sejarah teacher in Kamunting, Perak. Here, she explains why she chose to Teach For Malaysia and how she hopes to help her students do more than they ever dreamt they could. Student: Cikgu, kenapa cikgu nak masuk mengajar kelas kami?…