What would you like to thank your teachers for?

Well for starters, they taught us our alphabets. You know, A for apple, B for ball, C for cat and D for damnimagenius? They also taught us math. 1 + 1 = 2. 2 X 2 = 4. When we finally convinced ourselves we’re such geniuses, our teachers blew our minds to tiny pieces of crap by introducing alphabets into Mathematics. Why? What is X? Why do we need to find X?? I mean, I’m pretty sure we can all agree that the only career that actually requires the delicate skills of finding X is a Maths teacher, and ain’t nobody got time for that. Which only adds to the giant question mark: why would anyone willingly sign up for a job that involves dealing with students’ shit on a daily basis? If anything, teachers are the second closest job on the planet that resembles that of a parent’s, and again, ain’t nobody got time for that.

So, as much as we hated school, our teachers taught us everything we know today. And for that, a “thank you” is in order. And guess what, you can now express your gratitude through this #terimakasihcikgu installation, up at Hin Bus Depot Art Centre in Penang. Just head on over there and chalk down a message for your teacher (chalks provided!).

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The #terimakasihcikgu installation is a collaborative project by Teach for Malaysia, Murobond and Hin Bus Depot. Amongst the chalked #terimakasihcikgu messages are “for not giving up on me”, “for teaching me education is never ending”, “for helping me achieve my dreams” and “for your love”.

And then there’s also #terimakasihcikgu “for not smacking us”. Which is so incredibly true, I mean, I would smack me, wouldn’t you? Put me in a room with a screaming, annoying kid and it’d kill me to not strangle him/her. Put me in a room with 30 or 40 of them? I don’t even want to think about it because that is SO not happening.

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This Teacher’s Day, forget the chocolates and flowers. Show your gratitude through a simple gesture of thanks, be it verbally, or written on a card. That’ll surely brighten up their day. Or, you could even start your own #terimakasihcikgu wall at your school, but get permission first, of course (ROJAK will not be held accountable for vandalism done to school walls).

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Hin Bus Depot is a contemporary art centre which aims to support and nurture the new generation of contemporary artists in Malaysia.

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Secret Crack, a group exhibition by two local art collectives (The Secret Hideout and Cracko Art Group), is currently up at Hin Bus Depot until the 30th of May. The exhibit features close to 90 artworks from 16 local artists.

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Engku Iman's works at Secret Crack.

Engku Iman’s works at Secret Crack.

Find out more at Hin Bus Depot’s page!