Sunday, March 17, 2013

Taking small steps each time.

A group of ambitious and determined fellows of Teach for Malaysia took up a huge responsibility which is to be the teacher of these young children in great need of help to improve their literacy level.

I'm not sure if you have ever heard about Teach for Malaysia, a non-profit organisation working hard towards the end of education inequity. It is fine if you're totally unaware about the existence of this organisation, I didn't know about it too until just recently. And I heard it through a friend who is a strong believer in the goals of TFM. Through him, I got to know more about the organisation and what their goals and purposes are. I was totally impressed with the work that TFM is doing and their determination in trying to achieve education equity for the children of Malaysia. I was so strongly affected that I immediately thought about volunteering and helping out TFM in achieving their goals.

TFM was only recently founded two to three years ago. In 2012, they sent out their first batch of fellows(mostly fresh graduates) to various public schools(mainly schools with a very high number of students not achieving the minimum performance level.) all over Malaysia to help these students. They not only have to teach these students, they are also each assigned to manage a project to help their students in the given two years stint of their teaching program.

Looking at this teaching program that TFM is offering these fellows, I can only see all kinds of advantages that these chosen fellows will be able to gain by the end of this two-year program. You might not know it but teaching is NOT an easy job. Fine, if the class of students that you're teaching are probably smart and very well behave. These students would make your life whole lot easier because they are very independent in learning. But what if, the students you are about to teach are those who can barely understand simple sentences that you're speaking? Simple arithmetic questions you are teaching them?

I don't expect to believe you how challenging it is to be teaching students who don't want listen or rather can't understand what you are blabbering in the front of the class. I probably can't say much on this topic either since I haven't gone through the process myself, but from the stories I have read on the TFM Blog and some of the fellows' blogs, I can only stress it is not as simple and easy as it seems. I totally respect the amount of courage these young fellows have in them to step out of their comfort zone, give up the opportunity to climb up the ladder leading them to their successful careers, go beyond their limits to give this children a chance to be able to DREAM BIG! I respect their determination to keep on going despite all the disappointments and discouragements they get by the end of their teaching days. I wish I these fellows could hear my silent cheer for them for all their hardwork! KEEP IT UP, YOU GUYS ARE DOING GREATTTTT! :DD

As I have mentioned above, TFM is only just in its infant stage and perhaps it will take a while before their hard work will be acknowledged. But the most important thing at this point of time is that we continue to focus on the main goal which is to have education equity in Malaysia.

Are you someone who is looking for something out of the ordinary to do? Someone who would like to try out something new and gain more experience?  Someone who wants to improve themselves as an individual? Someone who is really eager to improve our Malaysian education system? If you are any of the above, then you have the potential to be a fellow! :D
As long as you hold a Bachelor's Degree, you're a Malaysian citizen, you're proficient in both English and Bahasa Melayu and have no current requirement to teach in government schools, YOU ARE A FIT TO APPLY AS A FELLOW FOR TFM!

What are you waiting for? Check out the TFM website now and APPLY NOW! The deadline is on the 18th of March! I know this is on a very late notice already but if you rush a little to complete your application, I'm sure you'll be able to make it in time!
However, for those who have not met the criteria to be a fellow, don't be disappointed, there are always other opportunities where you can volunteer and help out at TFM. Trust me, they are more than glad to welcome you into the team. :D

Just like me, I obviously don't meet the criteria to be a fellow yet, but I sure do plan to apply in the future. As for now, I am going to volunteer with TFM in any ways that I can. I can like for example help the fellows on their project(giving students extra classes), be campus leaders for TFM at your college/uni, help out in the TFM office... Just drop them an email at to find out more on how you can volunteer.

Don't constantly just think and talk about the problems, but come and be apart of the solution. This is because when it is time when we enjoy the fruits of our labour, you will be able to enjoy it together and feel the sense of pleasure having achieve something so great.



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