‘The sound of Borneo’ empowers the voices of students
“Never let anyone tell you that you’re too small to make a difference,” said Hallan Hashim, founding member of Sada Borneo, while sharing his journey with students who were performing at #talent_ED.
#talent_ED, a Teach For Malaysia’s Students Celebration at Curtin University Sarawak was held with Sada Borneo on May 6 to showcase the students’ talent and encourage them to voice them out.
Held in Curtin University Sarawak, it was hosted by two 14-year-old emcees who asked the question, “Why should students’ voices be heard?”
“I want students to believe they have the ability to change the world,” said Rexyanna, 17.
“We see a lot of inequality in the world today where the poor become poorer and the rich become richer. If I can change the world for the better, I want to change this, for the poor to be rich, and the rich to live in moderation in their daily lives,” said Calbert, 17.
“I hope and believe that my students will be bright future leaders, just like those who are stepping out of their comfort zones to perform on stage tonight,” said Sarawakian Anglelina Sii, Teach For Malaysia 2015 Fellow and a second year teacher in a school in Miri.
“We believe that our ‘future generation’ are change-makers today, and they play an imperative role in transforming their communities, the state of Sarawak, and our nation. It is absolutely essential that they have an education that empowers them to do that, no matter who they are or where they come from,” stressed Co-founder and Managing Director at Teach For Malaysia, Dzameer Dzulkifli.
“We need to encourage young people and build their confidence so that they can shine on their own. Their dreams may be different. Maybe they don’t want to be doctors and lawyers. I believe that there is so much talent in Borneo, so make our country proud and shine!”concluded Hallan.
Sharing his experience teaching in Sarawak for over a year, Teach For Malaysia 2015 Fellow, Johanan Wong said, “I believe that as teachers, when we step into class, we must first seek to understand our students; their backgrounds, their stories, their lives, their voices. And it’s only once we have understood their voices, that we can begin sharing our own.”
“My dream for the students of Malaysia is, don’t hide your talent, show it! Be confident because you never know how far your talent will take you in the future,” shared Sharon, 17.
Why should students’ voices be heard? Because when we empower students, we empower Malaysia.
“Students, this is your night. This is just the tip of the iceberg of what you can achieve. There’s nothing too small that won’t be impactful in the future,” said Abel Cheah, Teach For Malaysia 2012 Alumnus and Head of Regions at Teach For Malaysia.
The night saw Sada Borneo performing Jaclyn Victor’s song “Give It Back” with students, a bebiau welcome, students cat-walking different Sarawakian tribal outfits, dances, drums, buskers, beatboxing, and an art competition.
This is Teach For Malaysia’s second year in Miri, as it expanded its reach to Sarawak for the first time last year. The independent, not-for-profit organisation’s mission is to empower the nation through education. It was named Best Graduate Programme at the GradMalaysia Graduate Recruitment Awards 2015.
As of now, teach For Malaysia has over 240 Fellows and Alumni impacting more than 36, 000 students in over 80 schools across nine states in Malaysia.
The final deadline to apply for the Fellowship is in July 4th 2016 or those interested can also invest in its mission by donating at www.teachformalaysia.org
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