Monday, January 20, 2014

Teach For Malaysia: Explore Your Potential and End Education Inequity

Who Is Teach For Malaysia

Teach For Malaysia is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that is enlisting Malaysia’s most promising future leaders in our mission to end education inequity. Participants in the programme, known as Fellows, serve as full-time teachers for two years in high-need schools across Malaysia, and commit to transforming the education outcomes of less-privileged schoolchildren through significantly improving their achievements, affect and access. In the long term, Teach For Malaysia Alumni will form a different class of leaders, working in various sectors to expand education opportunity for all children in Malaysia. To date, Teach For Malaysia has recruited 174 Fellows across 3 cohorts with 44 Alumni having completed the Fellowship. They aim to grow this number aggressively given the scale and urgency of education inequity. 

Their Story

Early 2009

The idea of starting Teach For Malaysia came about from a conversation at a mamak stall between the two co-founders, Keeran Sivarajah and Dzameer Dzulkifli, both associates at PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

July 2009

Inspired by the successes of initiatives like Teach For America and Teach First in the UK, Keeran and Dzameer start developing the framework for Teach For Malaysia with help from Institut Aminuddin Baki and benchmark it against the recommendations and principles of the Teach For All network.

April 2010

With its proven model and strong framework, Teach For Malaysia gains strong buy-in and support from various individuals and departments within the Ministry of Education and Economic Planning Unit, who push for its implementation.

May 2010

Khazanah Nasional Berhad decide to fund Teach For Malaysia thanks to the efforts of now-Trustee Shahnaz Al-Sadat Abdul Mohsein, who advocates for the initiative in her capacity as Khazanah's then Executive Director of Strategic Human Capital Management.

September 2010

The next few months see Keeran and Dzameer working hard to build a dynamic,passionate team and secure funding and support from various sources, each of whom have been crucial to making the Teach For Malaysia vision a reality.

October 2010

Teach For Malaysia launches its first recruitment drive, and the search begins for Malaysia's most committed top graduates and young professionals, ready to join the battle against education inequity.

December 2010

Teach For Malaysia is recognised as a key human capital initiative in the 10th Malaysia Plan and is officially launched by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education YAB Tan Sri Dato' Haji Muhyiddin bin Mohd Yassin.

October 2011

Teach For Malaysia's first Institute takes place for the inaugural cohort, consisting of trainers and specialists from across the Teach For All network, as well as lecturers from Institut Aminuddin Baki.

January 2012

The 50 Fellows in Teach For Malaysia's first cohort begin teaching in high need secondary schools across Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Negeri Sembilan.

April 2012

Teach For Malaysia hosts its first annual TFM Week, where industry leaders and public figures come together to teach alongside Fellows for a day and shed light on the challenges teachers face each day in high need communities.

September 2012

As a follow-up to the highly successful TFM Week, Teach For Malaysia initiates TFM Week: Flipped, where industry leaders and public figures who had previously entered the classroom now work with Fellows to bring students out of school on a series of field trips that aim to inspire them to aspire to greater heights.

August 2013

The first Teach For Malaysia Summit is held at Sunway International School, bringing together all Fellows, staff, and partners and supporters for the first time in a collaborative approach to solving key educational problems at the classroom, school and systemic level.

How to get Involved

Here are some ways you can get involved

1. Donation

Make a donation and help make a difference in the lives of children who need it most.

2. Become a Campus Leader

Play a significant role in recruiting top talent by becoming a Teach For Malaysia representative on your university campus.

3. Apply for the Teach For Malaysia Fellowship

Apply here:

4. Refer a Friend 

Invite exceptional young leaders to apply to the life-changing Teach For Malaysia Fellowship

5. Join their Staff

If their mission and core values resonate with you and you thrive in an outcome-driven entrepreneurial environment, join them by sending your cover letter and resume to

6. Volunteer

Whether your capacity to volunteer is great or small, you can help to make meaningful change.

7. Become a Corporate Partner

Partner with them and make a positive impact on the Malaysian education landscape.

8. Join their events

How to Contact

 Level 27, Mercu UEM
 Jalan Stesen Sentral 5
 50470 Kuala Lumpur
 Telephone:   +603 2727 2050
 Fax:            +603 2727 2051