Jeffrey Cheah Foundation (“JCF”) and Teach For Malaysia (“TFM”) recently signed a corporate partnership agreement at the newly completed Graduate Centre at Sunway University.
Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Ramon Navaratnam, Trustee of JCF, and Dato’ Noor Rezan Bapoo, Trustee of TFM, signed the agreement, witnessed by Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Jeffrey Cheah, AO, Founding Trustee of the JCF and Founder and Chairman of Sunway Group; and Dzameer Zulkifli, Co- Founder of TFM. Also present at the signing ceremony were Tan Sri Rainer Althoff, Trustee of JCF, Sarena Cheah, Executive Director of Strategy and Corporate Development, Sunway Group; members of Sunway Group and Sunway Education Group’s senior management team, and 9 Jeffrey Cheah Foundation scholars of Sunway University and Monash University, Sunway campus.
As a corporate sponsor, JCF contributed RM150,000 to TFM, an amount that will go towards assisting the organisation in achieving its mission to reduce education inequity between rural and urban schools. This Bronze sponsorship entails financial support and non-financial support to TFM.
TFM’s vision is aligned with the fundamental principles of the JCF to give quality education, giving to society, and a vision in perpetuity. The TFM Foundation is working to encourage pedagogy in young Malaysians, which forms the essence of the education sphere.
On JCF’s partnership with TFM, Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah said, “Giving back to society through providing quality education to deserving Malaysian students is my personal vision and I am happy to learn that Teach For Malaysia’s vision mirrors that. I hope that JCF’s support will go a long way towards supporting Teach For Malaysia’s mission to end education inequality.”
Tan Sri Navaratnam, in his speech during the ceremony, said TFM’s efforts to build a movement set to address education inequity in Malaysia was commendable and added that the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation is pleased to have the opportunity to lend support to the TFM Foundation including sharing the passion of teaching with Fellows in high need schools. It will be an honour for the JCF Trustees to be able to participate in the Teach For Malaysia Week.
Supported by the Ministry of Education, Teach for Malaysia Week will see reputable and well-known personalities invited to teach alongside Teach for Malaysia Fellows. The programme aims to inspire youths in high school to see life beyond their current circumstances, so that they in turn can inspire the public to recognise that education is everyone’s responsibility.
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah, who will be conducting a class in SMK Puchong, Petaling Perdana during Teach For Malaysia Week, said, “Teach For Malaysia Week” is a great opportunity to create greater awareness in Malaysia on the importance of education and equip the future generation with valuable skill sets. I am humbled and honoured to be able to share my experiences with a very different audience that I am used to and hope that I am able to inspire them in one way or another.”