Seek­ing change agents

New Straits Times - - Higher Ed - ROZANA SANI

ONE in two Malaysian stu­dents do not meet the min­i­mum re­quire­ments in Math­e­mat­ics and more than 50 per cent of Malaysian stu­dents do not meet the min­i­mum pro­fi­ciency lev­els in read­ing. If you are grad­u­at­ing or have re­cently grad­u­ated from uni­ver­sity and would like to do some­thing im­pact­ful in ed­u­ca­tion, con­sider ap­ply­ing to be­come a fel­low at Teach For Malaysia (TFM).

On its re­cruit­ment drive, the in­de­pen­dent not­for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion is seek­ing out­stand­ing grad­u­ates and pro­fes­sion­als who pos­sess the pas­sion, com­mit­ment and qual­i­ties needed to drive its mis­sion of em­pow­er­ing dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren in high-need schools across the coun­try to be in­spired to learn and re­alise that they can chart a better fu­ture.

“Thou­sands of stu­dents in Malaysia come from chal­leng­ing so­cioe­co­nomic back­grounds where they are forced to jug­gle be­tween find­ing their own food, look­ing af­ter their par­ents, keep­ing them­selves safe, and go­ing to school. These are the same chil­dren that are ex­pected to com­pete with city kids who’ve had the op­por­tu­nity to go to pri­vate schools, at­tend tu­ition classes, buy the best ref­er­ence books and in­vest 100 per cent of their at­ten­tion into their own fu­ture. The harsh re­al­ity is that many of us are jaded with the thought that noth­ing can be done. Teach For Malaysia be­lieves in the con­trary. Ev­ery day, we do our level best to en­sure that more stu­dents have the op­por­tu­nity to at­tain an ex­cel­lent ed­u­ca­tion,” said Teach For Malaysia’s Board of Trustees chair­per­son Tunku Ali Red­haud­din Tuanku Muhriz.

He was speak­ing at the launch of this year’s fundrais­ing cam­paign #Em­pow­eredTo Un­lock MY Po­ten­tial in Kuala Lumpur.

The cam­paign aims to strengthen in­di­vid­ual donor sup­port for TFM. A monthly do­na­tion of RM50 con­trib­utes to the re­sources needed to im­pact an equiv­a­lent of two stu­dents, with each TFM fel­low im­pact­ing an av­er­age of 150 stu­dents a year. To date, the not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion has im­pacted over 44,000 stu­dents work­ing with the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and other part­ners.

“Our fel­lows act as the change agent that morphs the chil­dren into cat­a­lyst of change — not only for them­selves but also their re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ties,” said Tunku Ali.

To be el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply to be­come a fel­low, ap­pli­cants must have Malaysian ci­ti­zen­ship, aged 32 years or be­low, have a min­i­mum grade of credit in SPM Ba­hasa Melayu, pos­sess a Bach­e­lor’s de­gree in any non-ed­u­ca­tion dis­ci­pline, pos­sess a strong aca­demic and ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar track record, and have nei­ther ap­plied nor re­ceived offers to teach in govern­ment schools pre­vi­ously.

“We are seek­ing out our coun­try’s top tal­ent to em­power some of our coun­try’s most dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren. If you are a work­ing pro­fes­sional or a grad­u­ate with strong lead­er­ship skills, great com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and a pas­sion to make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of our na­tion’s youth, we want you,” said TFM co-founder and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Dza­meer Dzulk­i­fli.

Teach For Malaysia’s Board of Trustees chair­per­son

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