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…

Hisyamuddin Ghazali: Ilmu Pelita Hidup

“Ilmu pelita hidup.” Kata-kata yang sering kita perhatikan, terlekap kemas di mana-mana ceruk bangunan sekolah. Di mana-mana di seluruh negara ini, kita mudah benar menemui motto ini. Motto yang penuh erti dan makna namun buat kebanyakan kita hanya dilihat dengan mata, namun mesejnya tak berbekas di hati. Kata-kata kosong tak bererti. Sama seperti saya 16…

Aizat Luffi: Nilai sebuah pendidikan di Malaysia

Dilahirkan dalam sebuah keluarga yang berpendapatan rendah bukanlah sesuatu perkara yang buruk, malah ia mengajar saya untuk melihat dunia dengan rasa rendah diri serta mensyukuri segala nikmat dan kurniaan yang telah diberikan kepada saya. Salah satu kurniaan tersebut adalah pendidikan. Sebagai seorang anak pengawal keselamatan dan penjual nasi lemak, saya membesar melihat ibu bapa saya…

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…

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…