Teach For Malaysia (TFM) English teacher Soonufat Supramaniam is advocating new initiatives by teachers for the future of education in Malaysia, no matter what constraints they face.
Having worked as a performance artiste, producer and movie director in Brisbane, Australia, Soonufat realised something about arts education that Malaysians should treasure.
Upon returning to Malaysia, he joined TFM and was posted to a rural school in Kedah.
While teaching English there, he explored how to combine language learning and performing arts.
He gathered 45 students from five rural schools to stage a play.
“The project discovered so much potential and talent. Even students from the most challenging areas could express themselves creatively and find their voice.
“I always believe that education should not be confined within the four walls of the classroom. It extends beyond that,” he said.
Swaroop, Sherina and Soonufat were sharing their experiences in the latest edition of the Leaps of Knowledge Conference organised by FrogAsia and YTL Foundation last year.
Themed HEART, the sessions were aimed at addressing issues, trends and initiatives in the education landscape.
The Global Teacher Prize is a US$1 million (RM4.09 million) award established by the Varkey Foundation to recognise exceptional teachers around the world, who made outstanding contributions to the profession.