Idris Jusoh Joins In To Inspire In Teach For Malaysia Week

Last update: 22/04/2014

By Wan Asmanizan Wan Ahmad Najib

KUALA LUMPUR -- Teach For Malaysia Week (TFMW) once again returns in year three with the same concept to feature many public figures and leaders to join hands in the objective to inspire and be inspired.

TFMW has successfully been organised in several selected schools and this time around it resumed on April 7 till 11, across seven states namely Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Penang and Kedah.

This year’s high profile participants who has participated to take the opportunity to step back into classrooms full of eager schoolchildren included Deputy Education Minister II P. Kamalanathan, TalentCorp CEO Johan Merican, entertainer Elaine Daly, and veteran actress Fatimah Abu Bakar.

The highlight of the TFMW 2014 was on the 9th April where Form 4 Harmoni students of SMK Seri Desa, Tanjong Karang, Selangor had the pleasure of having Malaysian Education Minister II Dato’ Seri Idris bin Jusoh in person as their teacher for an hour.

Idris took the opportunity to motivate the form 4 students where harmoniously they cheered "I am confident" "I can speak English" "I will succeed".

Excited by the fact that they were taught by a minister, one student went to ask Idris ‘what is your favourite food?" to which Idris gladly answered "nasi lemak and teh tarik".

What Is Teach For Malaysia Week

Teach For Malaysia Week is where for one day out of a week in the year, Teach For Malaysia invites high profile figures from a wide range of fields and backgrounds into classrooms to teach alongside the organisation’s Fellows.

The hope is that they are able to inspire students in high need communities to aspire beyond their current circumstances, while at the same time showing our participants just how challenging life can be for both students and educators in these environments.

In its efforts to end education inequity in Malaysia where the reality is that one's background determines the quality of education available to him or her, Teach For Malaysia has thus far placed more than 100 top graduates from institutions like Harvard University, Oxford University, University College London, Monash University, Universiti Malaya and HELP University College, as well as young professionals from companies like Accenture, Ernst & Young, Shell, IBM and more.

While this has netted positive impacts on student performance in the classroom, it is not enough to bring about the vision the organisation aspires to: that one day, all children in Malaysia will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.

Teach For Malaysia hopes to see more collaboration between the public, private and social sectors in the future to grow its list of Teach For Malaysia Fellows cohorts.

For more information, visit www.teachformalaysia.org.

-- BERNAMA