What It's Like Teaching in an NGO: Charissa's Personal Experience
15 June 2023

Teaching is more than just a job; it's a calling that takes you on unexpected journey. It's a journey of impact, of transformation, and of shaping not only young minds but also the future. The impact of teaching in an NGO goes far beyond the classroom.

Get to know Charissa! She enjoys a hot cup of coffee, making music with her close friends and being close to nature. She joined Dignity for Children Foundation in 2020 as an Upper Primary teacher and her students describe her as ‘fantastic & helpful’, ‘the best teacher I ever met’ 🙂

We asked her a few questions on how it's like teaching in Dignity.

Charissa's personal experience

1) How did you start working at Dignity for Children?
It was in November 2020 when I stumbled upon Dignity online while looking for a job. After receiving a call from Christina, I was persuaded that Dignity is a school unlike any other when she explained their extensive efforts in keeping students in school during the pandemic.

2) What is it like teaching upper primary kids?

Being around tweens 8 hours a day really keeps me on my toes! They're brimming with opinions, outspoken and full of energy.

Friendship holds immense value in this age group. A few months back, we experienced a bittersweet moment when two students relocated to the US. They shared their joyous news with the class and shed tears during their goodbyes.

3) Can you share an impactful story about a student?
A new student from Bangladesh frequently told me she missed her previous school. However, during our Show & Tell session, she opened up about her life before moving to Malaysia. It was a heartwarming moment as the entire class paid close attention to the videos and stories she shared, and they asked genuine questions to learn more about her background.

This marked the start of her journey to feeling acknowledged and belonged by her classmates.

4) What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I love watching students celebrate when they improve; the energy fuels ongoing growth!

I really hope to instill kindness and empathy in my students.

5) If there's one thing you wish the world to know these remarkable students, what would it be?
That they are survivors - strong and hardworking despite the social injustices.

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Our mission is to nurture children of all ages to become world changers through education. Join us and embark on a transformative journey where teaching is not just a profession; it's a mission of nurturing hearts and minds.

Visit our page: bit.ly/dignitycareer or email hr@dignityforchildren.org to find out more!

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About Dignity for Children 

Dignity for Children provides quality education to underprivileged children, transforming their lives and giving them a better future. 

Join us in making a difference by sponsoring a child and empowering communities, ensuring that everyone has the chance to learn, grow, and thrive.

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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