As a former Special Education teacher, I observed how I was participating in systems of exclusion in schools and, ultimately, in society. That's why I started studying MEd of Inclusive and Special Education, to learn how to contribute to INCLUSION. It was in this course that I became more aware of different forms of exclusion, and have begun thinking of ways that I can help develop a more inclusive future. Through being more inclusive, we can lift out of poverty those excluded from economic growth and employment, we can improve the emotional health and well-being of those excluded from access to their human rights, we can reduce inequalities between people excluded from opportunities, and ultimately create more developed, safe, and peaceful communities.
Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 11:49
03/18/2019 - 14:06
Back in the Philippines, I worked as a special education teacher to support children with special needs. Additionally, I headed the development of an Inclusive Education Workshop to teach public school teachers how they can be more inclusive in their classrooms. Now in Melbourne, I am applying to organizations (Inclusion Melbourne and MOIRA) that facilitate the inclusion of adults, teens, and children with special needs into the community. (Student's face in the picture was covered, for privacy purposes)
03/18/2019 - 13:47
Last July, I attend a cultural exchange event at Monash College! At this event, we all shared dances, songs, and food from our countries. I enjoyed this event because, in sharing a part of our cultures and identities, I believe the participants felt valued and celebrated. (I'm the one with a pink sash across my chest; The third from the right, on the top row!)
03/18/2019 - 13:23
Although public lectures like this are connected to my coursework, I attend them whenever possible because I like learning more about how to support ALL students in our classrooms.
03/18/2019 - 12:53
While planning logistics for my student-led events, I aim to buy food from local farmers markets. This way, we are supporting local businesses and including them in the economy/society and avoiding bigger corporations that might otherwise exclude them. (Added bonuses: We can bring our own tray and save on plastic/packaging! Also, fresh fruits mean healthier food for the participants!)
03/18/2019 - 11:25
Yesterday, I attended the Spirit Harmony Multicultural Festival with my friends (one from Vietnam, the other from Myanmar). We wanted to celebrate diversity in our Clayton community by experiencing practices of other culture and talking to people about them. I wasn't able to take a photo at the event, so here is the poster instead! The event was a reminder of how diverse Australia is. What I found interesting were the crystal healings, as that's something that is not commonly practised in my country (The Philippines). We also joined a chant for Rati and Kama. I appreciated how that practice was set up, as the people leading the chant on stage explained that it was not a "performance." Instead, it was them leading us all in a chant, together. They encouraged us all the singalong (lyrics were projected on the screen), and some of us even clapped our hands to the beat at the peak of the song. It was a humbling experience, to be reminded that my truth is only one among many others.
03/16/2019 - 11:55
I volunteer for a Filipino Student Organization in Victoria, and I talked to my fellow board members about the importance of accessibility. This event was one example where we focused on accessibility in terms of physical needs. We released information beforehand, in our publicity materials, that the beach was accessible. Even if we didn't know if any of our members needed physical accommodations, I felt it was important to post about it. At the very least, it makes people more aware that accessibility is important and something to be conscious of.