Overheard at TFM Week 2013: Day 4

It’s Teach For Malaysia Week, and we’ve rounded up the best, most inspiring, or funniest quotes we’ve been hearing in all our schools in this recap! Here’s the round-up for Day 4.

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“Come on guys, let’s end education inequity!” – A chipper Giles Crellin, Leadership Development Officer at Teach For Malaysia, at 6am
“My father was a butcher. It took a lot for me to get to where I am now. So don’t worry, you can do it too.” – Ku Kok Peng of PEMANDU
“I’m all pumped up for today. I’ve taken my vitamins.” – Tiara Jacquelina is prepared
Photo Credit: Fareeza Ibrahim
“I can tell them about when I was principal of Akademi Fantasia!” – Cikgu Tiara knows how to appeal to her audience
“Banyak yang boleh dilakukan jika kita tak membalas dendam atau membenci, sebaliknya memaafkan.” – Lessons on Nelson Mandela with Ku Kok Peng
“I like to name groups after Mat Rockers…” – Fellow Nazhif, on how to keep class interesting
“Senang, ingat je kuih chah kueh.” – Artist Jailani Abu Hassan teaching his students the word “charcoal.”
“Gagal itu satu pengajaran. Pengajaran untuk meningkatkan.” – Datin Badrunnisa Mohd Yasin Khan, Group Chief Talent Director at Axiata
Johanen Sen of PopDigital: “Why do you want to go to Korea?”
Students (in unison): “K POP!”
Photo Credit: Melissa Chin
Tiara Jacquelina: “So who do we want to invite?”
Students: “Ella!” “Spider!” “Wings!” “XPDC!” – Planning a rock concert with Cikgu Tiara
“…tapi selepas impian tu, kenalah berusaha” – Cikgu Tiara telling kids to do more than dream
“Sanggupkah anda membayar harga sebuah kejayaan? Ramai orang hanya mahukan kejayaan tapi tak sanggup bayar harganya.” – Prof. Dr. Maketab Mohamed, President of the Malaysian Nature Society
“Kalau saya sebagai budak kampung dari Perlis boleh dapat biasiswa, kamu semua ni pun boleh.” – Wan Saiful Wan Jas, Founding CEO of IDEAS
Photo Credit: Joanna Khoo
“Masing-masing ada idea & cara sendiri. Tiada ‘style’ yang betul, tiada yang salah,” – Cikgu Jailani teaches students to express themselves
Photo Credit: Melissa Chin
“Jangan jadi jaguh kampung, jadilah jaguh dunia.” – Ku Kok Peng tells students to #domorethandream