Amidst the general election frenzy, let’s not forget to take a moment to appreciate all teachers around the world. We know we are late but we believe teachers should be appreciated every day not only on one special day.
” The world is a university and everyone in it is a teacher. Make sure when you wake up in the morning you go to school”. – T. D. Jakes
In our line of work at myHarapan, while we may not be ‘teachers’ in the traditional sense, we are often regarded as the abangs and kakaks (or aunties and uncles!) to our youth beneficiaries. We hope that we have taught them a little too.
So, on this teachers day, we have asked some of our participants from our programs a simple question.
“Other than your school teacher, is there anyone who has taught you something valuable in your life that you appreciate the most”?
Here are the answers!
” I learn something new from everybody every day and I always thank God for providing me such awesome knowledgeable people in my life. I would like to take this moment to thank everybody from whom I have learned from you the value of tolerance, patience, and trust. Thank you for making me the better person I am today” said Iqlima Balqis, Social Business Challenge 2017 participant.
“If you don’t get the chance then create a chance for others” this is a quote my mentor always reminds me so I am trying my hard to follow this”, she added.
Zunnurain Malek, a 16-year-old boy from SMK Seri Ampangan in Negeri Sembilan learned a life lesson from one of his classmates.
” I used to grow up as a normal kid with all the privileges and until one day I saw my friend struggled even to pay his school fees, then I realised that there are people who do not have the same privileges like me. From that day, I appreciate the things I have, I thank my parents, family and the GOD for blessing me with such life. I learned that we shouldn’t take things for granted and must always be grateful and humble”, said Zunnurain.
There are numerous lessons that life teaches us from time to time. It depends on how we take it in and instilling it in our life.
“The one thing that I learned outside from my school is to face the failure. In 2016, I joined Social Project Challenge conducted by myHarapan. We went till the final round yet we could not win the competition. At that point in life, I learned that failures help you to have optimistic mindsets, and the urge to work hard and these are things that encouraged us not to give up.”
We worked together and still manage to continue and successfully complete our project which is to build a mathematics theme park for our fellow peers so that they can understand and learn maths in an easier way”, said Haieshwaryya Laxmy from SMK Pasir Gudang, Johor.
“Failure is good because the success is achieved through trying, and trying and keep trying which often ends with failure” she added.
Therefore, everybody in life teaches us something. But “teaching” is never a one-way street. You give, you get. True teaching happens when you too, learn.
So when you’re done with school and learning is no longer required, don’t be fooled you will keep learning so open your mind and keep alive your curious spark!
Happy Teacher’s Day guys!