Murdoch’s Bachelor of Education student Imogen Williams has been accepted as one of five participants in the latest Children on the Edge (COTE) Playscheme set to visit East Timor this month.
COTE Playscheme is an initiative started by The Body Shop to help alleviate conditions for children in orphanages in Romania and now extends to projects in Kosovo, Albania, Bosnia and East Timor.
“As an education student and future teacher it’s beneficial to experience as many educational environments as possible,” Ms Williams said.
“During my trip I will be planning educational activities for children of all ages and abilities and in order to enhance my university education I plan to use this unique experience as the basis for a research project as part of my Bachelor of Education.”
Ms Williams will face many challenges during her ten days at The Child Friendly Space in Viqueque, East Timor, including poverty, language barriers, alternative teaching environments and basic living conditions.
Murdoch’s Education Lecturer, Chris Glass, said the School of Education welcomed such opportunities for its students to have experiences both in local schools and in the broader educational environment.
“The School of Education recognises these kinds of experiences where students work overseas for short periods as coaches, instructors, tutors or other similar roles with children,” Ms Glass said.
“There are of course requirements that must be met to be given accreditation, but the opportunity to experience a wide variety of teaching and learning environments strengthens the student’s capacity to deal with diversity within their eventual classrooms.”
The School of Education is supporting Ms Williams’ trip with funds towards some teaching and play equipment.
Ms Williams managed to raise funds for her airfare, inoculations, accommodation and food.
“We are very proud of Ms William’s efforts as an ambassador for Murdoch’s School of Education,” Ms Glass said.