Why are you involved in this work?
I have always loved working with children and I want to help them read, write, and count to ensure that they are ready for primary school.
What keeps you going?
I am most happy when I get to teach the children and see them learn. It is especially encouraging when I get support from their parents to continue teaching in the community school.
Why is this work important to you?
There used to be no school in my village in Kampung Jader, Gua Musang. In 2002, there were some kind people who came to my village to start a small community school. I was then 12 years old and that was the first time I was exposed to learning some basic abc’s and numbers. My brother, Azmi was very concerned that many children from my village had no access to education. As a result, in year 2003 he went to the nearest town, Kuala Betis, located two hours from my village to look for help to in appealing for a vehicle to transport children to school. He managed to find a local teacher, Mr. Ibrahim from Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan Kuala Betis who was willing to help him.
Mr. Ibrahim was a kind-hearted man who could speak our local Temiar language and was always ready to help our community. He managed to successfully get a vehicle to help transport us to school and also helped us with primary school registration.
The primary school I went to was a boarding school. It was a scary and foreign experience for me as it was also my first time being away from my family.
I struggled to keep up with the school lessons as I was placed in Primary Three level despite not knowing how to read, write and count. Once I even had to walk to school barefoot as my school shoes was stolen. I was reprimanded badly by my teacher for not wearing shoes.
I was facing so many different challenges. Feeling stressed out, I even tried to run back to my village from my boarding school a couple of times.
This work is important to me because I went through a tough time trying to catch up in school as I was left behind. I do not want the same thing to happen to the children in my community. I want to help them pave a brighter future for themselves by ensuring that they are well prepared for primary school.
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