My name is Felizarda Maria Chimunto. I am from Mozambique. I came to Melbourne in January 2018 to study a Master of Education at Deakin University.
Before coming to Australia, I was working as a teacher in Mozambique. I was, however, looking for an opportunity to learn more about education so that I could improve my understanding of the industry and help the students I teach to become better learners. I was awarded the Australia Awards Scholarship, and I chose to study the Master of Education at Deakin. This degree offers me more tools and knowledge to build the skills that I need for my personal development as an educator.
As my country is facing many challenges in education, after I finish my course I want to be a part of finding solutions to these problems. The knowledge that I am developing in areas such as inclusive education, curriculum, and assessment will help me in achieving this goal. And, I will be able to pass on what I have learnt to other teachers so that they can also improve the way that we teach in our schools.
When I came to Melbourne, the first experience I had was to study at DUELI (Deakin University English Language Institute) before I started my degree. There I volunteered for the DUELI Leadership Program, where I now work today as a leader. In this leadership program, I have been able to develop my communication skills and also improve my English.
Deakin offers students many opportunities to develop the skills needed to progress your career. It is also a place where you can make friends for life. The friends I have met here come from many different countries. From them I am learning about cultural diversity and this is helping me to understand and respect differences. We have wonderful time studying and travelling together.
The experiences I have had at Deakin have opened my mind and are changing the way I think and act for the better. If you are looking for a place where you can study and build your career, I recommend Deakin University. At Deakin you will find all the support you need and you will achieve great personal development.