|There is a factual error in one of the images in this article.|
The image is of an article in the alumni magazine of my alma mater. I have addressed the error here.
In the image, it says that my school is 3 hours from the nearest town which is wrong. We are 1 hour from the nearest town, Song, & 3 hours from the nearest city, Sibu.
From the beginning, they said that they wanted to highlight the point that there is a Chinese guy teaching in the jungle which is unimaginable to their Malay majority audience. I told them that I wasn't the only guy teaching at my school but they could only write about me if they mentioned my Malay, Chinese & Iban colleagues who are struggling together with me if not more.
I admit the title & the article is mostly centred on me with a mention of my colleagues & the situation at my school. I could not advise them to revise the article because I was at school during that time & I had extremely limited access to internet. I was dependent on an erratic GPRS connection which had trouble even downloading Whatsapp text. Also, I had to be my own mobile tower at certain hotspots at the school. By the time I got to reading the article in my hotel room in Sibu last night, it had already gone unbelievably viral.
I want to stress here that I AM NO HERO. I'm just a glorified typist sitting on my bum while my colleagues are outside running the mini generators & water pumps as well as carrying buckets of water up several flights of stairs up to their quarters. My blog post & the Oh! Media article went viral NOT BECAUSE OF ME. It went viral because people were concerned & they cared enough to spread the word about the situation. PEOPLE CARED!
I can proudly say that it is the MALAY teachers in my school from PENINSULA Malaysia who are working the hardest to make the situation better for ALL. I will highlight these TRUE heroes on my blog soon. But, I only have Friday & Saturday in Sibu to use broadband internet before I return so you might have to wait. Also, I have to ask their permission to use their names.
I believe that ALL teachers should be celebrated REGARDLESS of where they teach whether it be in the cities, jungles or anywhere in between. It is a fallacy to believe that a school less deep in the interior is less challenging or a school in the city is less challenging. Each teacher has his/her own set of challenges. We need to encourage & support ALL of them.
Now, I want you to think of a teacher that you know. Take out your phone. Write a short encouraging message to him/her. Send it. I know many teachers who work day & night for years without an ounce of recognition or appreciation. Your message might be the only encouraging message that the teacher has received in YEARS even when he/she has been giving his/her best! So, what are you waiting for? DO IT NOW!
p/s: They have kept the article pegged at the top of their Facebook page since 7 May 2015. Thanks, guys!