New Zealand/April 23, 2021/Source: https://www.nztertiarycollege.ac.nz
For Rou Ai Loo, teaching is an opportunity to help children to feel heard.
“Children’s voices are seldom taken into consideration in society. I would like to be someone who will listen and advocate for them, as they are the future leaders of our world.
“I strive to be someone whom children can talk to and feel comfortable around. To get to know them and offer a level of education that empowers them as individuals.”
Exploration into New Zealand’s ECE curriculum Te Whāriki has allowed Rou Ai to develop her understanding of this concept.
“Te Whāriki places great emphasis on whakamana (empowerment). Children are encouraged to act according to their own ideas and to make their own decisions, and play is respected and valued as an educational experience.
“As someone who grew up in a teacher-directed learning environment, this is significant to me because children’s voices are being heard.”
When considering where to study, Rou Ai was drawn to NZTC’s New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) as it offered a range of pathway options into higher level study, as well as the opportunity to gain valuable practical experience.
“I looked into a number of tertiary institutions, but decided that NZTC was the best choice as their programs are internationally recognised and approved by NZQA. My qualification allows me to begin my journey towards New Zealand Teacher Registration which will improve career prospects.
“ECE is not something you can learn purely through textbooks and assessments. Teaching requires hands-on experience to be able to apply the theories you have learnt. NZTC provides practicums and Field Practice which enable us to gain valuable practical experience while studying.”
Although she is learning online, Rou Ai receives full support from the college.
“Even though physically we are on our own behind our screens, we are not alone in this study journey. NZTC Online has a discussion forum for students to chat, raise questions and hear about each other’s experiences. This allows us all to learn mutually, and it gives me a sense of belonging knowing that we are all in this together.”
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