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…

Puan Tan: Teaching Much More Than Mathematics

This May – the month of Teachers’ Day – Teach For Malaysia (TFM) is appreciating and celebrating the strong champions in the education system, who work alongside us to give all children an excellent education. Puan Tan Siew Choo, the Penolong Kanan Petang (Head of Afternoon Session) at one of TFM’s placement schools, is one…

Meet Alex, our Volunteer from Switzerland!

“It was in early 2018 when I applied for Credit Suisse’s Global Citizen Programme. Now, six months later, I am about to leave Switzerland and am heading towards Kuala Lumpur. I am definitely curious and a little nervous, but very excited about what is expecting me.” This was what Alexander Hayoz, Vice President of Credit…

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…