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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The 3rd Year: Azizi Khamis

Why would a Multimedia, Film & Animation graduate shift gears to become an educator? Azizi Khamis, a graduate of Multimedia University (MMU), shares his motivations for this new career trajectory after two years as a Teach For Malaysia Fellow. The Fellowship is a 2-year commitment. What made you decide to do more than that? I…

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…