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The Tham Family Vision

Positive attitude and English proficiency

The Tham family members, who live and work in several countries, enjoy their careers because of their father’s vision and hard work. He is deceased. They are determined to keep their father’s vision alive in their own lives and in the lives of their children. Let me share with you what members of the Tham family have shared with me about their father’s vision, which profoundly influenced their lives.

They grew up in one of the remote villages in Malaysia, the village of Tenom. Their father (Tham Vui Ping / Paul or better known as Ah Ping) was determined to provide an education for all his siblings and his own six children. He worked all his life to scrounge sufficient funds to support his younger siblings and his children to get an education to enable them to enjoy a stable life. Four of his sibling acquired a college education. Ah Ping’s children received the opportunity to study overseas. One by one, he sent four to different countries to study. Finally, he sent his fifth and sixth children to join them in Winnepeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Needless to say, the children are grateful for the career opportunities they are experiencing as a result of the family effort spearheaded by their father. They realized that many families do not have access the educational opportunities their father had given them. Three family members, Philip, Theresa and their cousin Eduard, decided to follow their father’s vision. They decided to create opportunities for students in remote villages to acquire the necessary English competency they need to get jobs in cities or to continue their education.

To truly achieve their father’s vision, the Tham family stressed the importance of generating an excitement to learn and creating a positive attitude. Teachers need to introduce more interactive and creative teaching strategies to engage and excite students to excel in school. This motivates them to do their best and creates a desire to learn based on their success. As the old saying goes ‘success breeds success’ but it does more … it can develop a positive attitude towards life, including learning. This attitude is what children bring forward in their lives in school and eventually in the workplace. The commitment to fostering the development of positive attitudes coupled with acquiring proficiency in English, became the focus of the Saturday English Program.

This goal is reinforced by the fact that the Tham Family is reaching out to the students through the Saturday Program … giving them hope and an opportunity to be successful through perseverance.

The Saturday Program, Room to Read and Write, is the result of the family’s commitment to keep their father’s vision alive … and to honour their father.

For a complete Photo Gallery of Room to Read and Write prepared by Philip Tham, click HERE.

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The Tham Family Vision

The Tham family members, who live and work in several countries, enjoy their careers because of their father’s vision and hard work. He is deceased. They are determined to keep their father’s vision alive in their own lives and in the lives of their children. Let me share with you what members of the Tham family have shared with me about their father’s vision, which profoundly influenced their lives.

They grew up in one of the remote villages in Malaysia, the village of Tenom. Their father (Tham Vui Ping / Paul or better known as Ah Ping) was determined to provide an education for all his siblings and his own six children. He worked all his life to scrounge sufficient funds to support his younger siblings and his children to get an education to enable them to enjoy a stable life.  Four of his sibling acquired a college education.  Ah Ping’s children received the opportunity to study overseas.  One by one, he sent four of them to different countries to study. When he wanted to send his fifth and sixth children to Winnipeg, Canada, Ah Ping gave a lot of thought to his children’s relationship with each other. He met with his four children who had received an education and asked them to contribute financially to provide an education to the last two children.  The four agreed to support the last two children. They also agreed to support Eduard who was Ah Ping’s brother’s son.

Needless to say, the children are grateful for the career opportunities they are experiencing as a result of the family effort spearheaded by their father. They realized that many families do not have access the educational opportunities their father had given them. Three family members, Philip, Theresa and their cousin Eduard, decided to follow their father’s vision. They decided to create opportunities for students in remote communities to acquire the necessary English competency they need to get jobs in cities or to continue their education.

The Tham Family Vision

The Tham family members, who live and work in several countries, enjoy their careers because of their father’s vision and hard work. He is deceased. They are determined to keep their father’s vision alive in their own lives and in the lives of their children. Let me share with you what members of the Tham family have shared with me about their father’s vision, which profoundly influenced their lives.

They grew up in one of the remote villages in Malaysia, the village of Tenom. Their father (Tham Vui Ping / Paul or better known as Ah Ping) was determined to provide an education for all his siblings and his own six children. He worked all his life to scrounge sufficient funds to support his younger siblings and all his children to get an education to enable them to enjoy a stable life. Four of his sibling acquired a college education. Ah Ping’s children received the opportunity to study overseas. One by one, he sent four of them to different countries to study. When he wanted to send his fifth and sixth children to Winnipeg, Canada, Ah Ping gave a lot of thought to his children’s relationship with each other. He met with his four children who had received an education and asked them to contribute financially to provide an education to the last two children. The four agreed to support the last two children. They also agreed to support Eduard who was Ah Ping’s brother’s son.

Needless to say, the children are grateful for the career opportunities they are experiencing as a result of the family effort spearheaded by their father. They realized that many families do not have access the educational opportunities their father had given them. Three family members, Philip, Theresa and their cousin Eduard, decided to follow their father’s vision. They decided to create opportunities for students in remote communities to acquire the necessary English competency they need to get jobs in cities or to continue their education.