Today, Samuel Isaiah inspired by the little children from the Orang Asli village is on a bigger mission to help innovate and revamp the Malaysian education system.
Samuel Isaiah is famously known as the teacher who inspired educators from across Malaysia and the world with his story of how he changed the lives of the Orang Asli community through education. It was a unique story of how a teacher went the extra mile to help provide the best education that he could get for the little children from the Orang Asli village in Muadzam Shah, Pahang. His work has been recognised by the world when he was nominated as one of the top 10 finalists for the 2020 Global Teacher Prize or the “Nobel Prize” of the teaching fraternity.
However, his passion for innovating education to cater to minorities group like the Orang Asli community was founded upon a sad reality in Malaysia. In modern Malaysia, Orang Asli education has been neglected as they are not considered capable enough to help in the building of the nation. Having to face such reality especially when he first stepped foot in the Orang Asli village, Samuel Isaiah vowed to bring change to Malaysia as he believes that education can help change the lives and future of anyone including the Orang Asli people. His work has galvanized the attention of the people on the plight and the inequalities suffered by the Orang Asli for many years.
Although Samuel Isaiah has left the Orang Asli village in Muadzam Shah, Pahang but their love, kindness, and little smiles have never left him. Today, Samuel Isaiah inspired by the little children from the Orang Asli village is on a bigger mission to help innovate and revamp the Malaysian education system. Samuel Isaiah is pursuing a master’s in educational policy as this will help him in building a new Malaysia, a Malaysia where minority groups like the Orang Asli are part of our education system and the development of the country.