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…

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…

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…

A TFM Christmas: Pasar Malam Adventures

As we approach Christmas, we take the time to reflect on our greatest source of strength and inspiration: our students. In today’s story, 2013 Fellow Wan Farihah Ahmad Fahmy shares how a simple trip to the local pasar malam gave her new perspectives on her students. Yesterday after English class, three boys came up to…

What’s Next? Education

Now that they’ve completed their two years in the Fellowship, what comes next for Teach For Malaysia’s first cohort of alumni? Khoo Tze Jian tells us about the next step in her journey as a lecturer at Sunway University. What is the position you’ll be taking on after the Fellowship? Next year, I will be…

Your Vision Defines Your Actions

As 2012 comes to a close, Khalida, a Teach For Malaysia 2012 Fellow, reflects on her first year of teaching in a Sentul-district school. The challenges of teaching in a high-needs school are overwhelming, but Cikgu Khalida demonstrates the determination, resilience and dedication necessary to make progress and continuously improve effectiveness. My biggest regret for…

Why I Teach For Malaysia: Izwan’s Story

For many of us, talk isn’t always accompanied by action. For Kamarulizwan Bin Jallaludin, Teach For Malaysia provided the perfect platform to turn his dreams for a better future into reality. As I was browsing through my car’s radio channels one fine day, I heard about Teach For Malaysia. It was via a radio talk show with…