From Student to Teacher: Muhammad's Journey in Woodworking
10 July 2023

7 years ago, Muhammad (on the right in photo) joined us as a student. Upon graduation, he became an intern at make X dignity and thereafter joined us full-time!

He is currently leading make X dignity in production, skills training, and conducting workshops.

Get to know him a bit better through the Q&A below. 

Tell us something about yourself.

I love playing football. I coach a team of U18 boys who won 2nd place in the recent Faisal Cup finals.

How was your time in Dignity as a student?
My family couldn’t afford much, what more education. Thankfully I was under Dignity’s Empower-A-Child (EAC) sponsorship and was able to graduate from high school!

I was in the Skills Training and Employability Program (STEP) and really enjoyed learning the different skills. My teacher saw my interest in woodwork and provided the opportunities and platform for me to learn. I’m thankful for my teachers who were strict, yet genuinely believed in us – they wanted us to succeed.

Why woodwork?

My grandfather used to build houses and that inspired me as a young kid. I got to see the houses and made me interested to take on carpentry.

During my last year as a student, I got to intern with Kian Furniture. That was a time my skills improved as I got to learn from experts. I created some beautiful products and I guess that was when I fell deeper in love with woodwork.

It makes me very happy to see everything come together at the end and see the product in the hands of satisfied customers!

Muhammad teaching a student the safe and proper way to drill a hole, to make a wooden robot keychain. 

What's it like as a staff and teacher now?
It wasn’t easy to transition immediately from a student to teacher. I made some mistakes during the first year but I am thankful to have leaders who guides and corrects me. I have matured and hope to continue to improve so that I can be a good role model to the students I teach.

Muhammad is one of our amazing alumni turned full-time staff - giving back to the next generation because of the gift of education they first received as a student. Sponsor a child and help shape a brighter future.
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About Dignity

Our work began in 1998 in Sentul, Kuala Lumpur with only 20 students then. Dignity is now a learning centre with more than 2,300 children ranging from 2-19 years old.
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