DHL Express, the world’s leading international express provider, recently kicked off its collaboration with Teach For Malaysia (TFM) by facilitating the non-profit organisation’s expansion into Sabah and Sarawak.
Under this initiative, DHL leveraged its core competence in logistics to ship the personal belongings of close to 40 Teach For Malaysia teachers – also known as fellows – from the peninsula to Sarawak.
TFM, which has been in operation for four years, is now expanding its reach to Sabah and Sarawak, starting with the placement of close to 40 fellows in Miri and Subis.
The collaboration with DHL Express has enabled fellows to ship 51 boxes of their possessions as they relocate in order to contribute to the education of over 5,000 students in Sarawak.
DHL Express Malaysia managing director Christopher Ong said, “DHL has always believed that a strong education system is the backbone of a long-term successful, sustainable and innovative economy.
“Sustainability is at the heart of our business, and DHL’s partnership with Teach For Malaysia is in line with GoTeach, a Deutsche Post DHL Group-wide corporate social responsibility programme.”
Ong added that DHL’s goal is to do what it can to improve educational opportunities and the employability of youths from disadvantaged backgrounds.
“To achieve this goal, the partnership is focused on helping disadvantaged youths enhance their capabilities through education and training,” Ong said.
TFM programme director Matt Sheldon, said, “We’re thrilled that DHL Express was able to rapidly and professionally meet a pressing need.
“DHL Express understood how important it is for students to have a teacher in the classroom.
“They have surpassed our expectations by kindly supporting us with their professional services.
“With their help our teachers were able to quickly settle into their new homes and kick off classes at the start of the year.
“DHL’s contribution is an important contribution to our mission to give over 5,000 students in Sarawak an opportunity to get an excellent education.”
DHL is no stranger to corporate responsibility.
Under its motto “Living Responsibility”, the company pours substantial initiatives into protecting the environment (GoGreen), delivering help and disaster management (GoHelp), and championing education (GoTeach).
DHL also supports the volunteering activities of its employees (Global Volunteer Day and Living Responsibility Fund).
With its global partners Teach For All and SOS Children’s Villages, DHL works in 31 countries to improve educational opportunities and employability for children and young people – regardless of their social background – and help prepare them for the working world.
“This partnership with TFM is only the tip of the iceberg of what DHL can offer,” said Ong.
“It’s the beginning of endless possibilities we can explore to help the organisation increase the achievement and opportunities of all Malaysian students, to improve their lives and future,” he added.
TFM has been enlisting Malaysia’s most promising future leaders in their mission to end education inequity since 2010.
Under TFM’s two-year programme, fellows are placed in high-need schools across Malaysia for two years, working to effect positive, sustainable change within the communities they serve.
After two years, fellows become part of TFM’s Alumni movement, working to make systemic, long term changes in the battle against education inequity.
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