Teach For Malaysia: Providing Quality Education Across the Country
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Education inequity is a massive problem that’s part of a vicious cycle, caused by deep-rooted factors. As a nation, education inequity impairs our collective economic and social well-being. As many as 1 in 5 Malaysian students do not complete secondary school. According to PISA, 80% of Malaysian schools have had their performance rated as poor. Malaysia sees a stark gap in access to education between students from B40 communities and the other sections of the society.
The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has made matters even worse by widening the education inequality gap. Thousands of children across the country have been affected by educational inequalities due to socioeconomic disadvantages, prevailing ideologies and school system challenges
This is where Teach For Malaysia comes in. Since 2012, Teach For Malaysia has been building a transformational movement in the Malaysian education system by placing the country’s most promising leaders as full-time teachers in Malaysia’s most challenging schools to combat education inequity. The primary vision is to realise a Malaysia where all children have the opportunity to realise their potential through quality education.
164,200 students have been impacted directly via TFM programs. TFM works collaboratively with students, the Ministry of Education, various different partners and supporters, Fellows and Alumni, and members of the public to bring long-term sustainable impact to the lives of children across Malaysia.
In 2020, we saw a global disruption that forced a shift from conventional learning to online learning. To minimise the inequities that arose due to this, Teach For Malaysia’s focus was on restoring access to learning, ensuring quality in alternative delivery methods.
Restored Access to learning in an inclusive manner
At the start of MCO, only 30% of students taught by Fellows were able to participate in online learning. TFM Fellows succeeded in doubling this number—now more than 60% have access—by implementing a full range of distance learning strategies. TFM also launched the TFM Distance Learning website which contains resources to help school leaders, teachers, parents and students navigate distance learning.
TFM Alumni organisation Arus Academy was at the forefront of assisting teachers with comprehensive online teacher training across the country, working closely with Google and UNICEF. They were also heavily involved in the development of the Ministry Of Education’s (MOE) Komuniti Guru Digital Learning site.
Creating learning resources to ensure no one is left behind
TFM produced over 700 online lessons, viewed more than 330,000 times covering the English, Maths and Science curricula from Primary 1 to Form 5.
With on and off school closures, more than 1.5 million students don’t have access to a device of their own. As part of the Zero Tech Learning Initiative, 3,000 Learning Boxes went out to 500 students in rural areas of Semporna, Sarawak and Orang Asli communities in Perak that had zero technological infrastructure to ensure students did not fall further behind in their education.
TFM Fellows and Alumni came together to develop tools such as Teacher Wellbeing Playbook, Student Wellbeing Playbook, Student Leadership Playbook to ensure the most pressing issues were addressed in their communities. TFM hopes to continue to incubate and accelerate these initiatives to enable Fellows, teachers and school leaders to close learning gaps widened by this pandemic.
Donations to this campaign will help TFM will mobilise a community which partners with schools to provide students with a holistic education, while also impacting schools and communities through targeted initiatives that address learning gaps within their targeted communities.
RM10,000 – Recruitment, placement and onboarding activities for Community of Change Leaders and Fellowship Programme.
RM10,000 – Designing and developing modules to upskill and train our teachers on Distance Learning strategies and socio emotional skills throughout the year.
RM5,000 – Monitor, evaluate and report progress of our strategy.
Start with just RM10. Together, we can make a positive difference in the lives of our neighbours and the weaker sections of the Malaysian society.