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An Australian volunteer, Ms Emma Wakeling is on a six months attachment with the National Parliament Civic Education Unit.

Ms Wakeling is here to support the Parliament Education Unit’s Objective 4 of the Departmental Annual Work plan 2018.

She will be focusing specifically on the final editing of the Teachers Resource Book, liaise with the Ministry of Education’s Curriculum Division in ensuring that the Teachers Resource Book meets the Curriculum requirements, facilitate the launching of the Teachers Resource Book, develop a teacher training manual and facilitate a teacher training workshop.

Ms Wakeling graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in English and History at LaTrobe University in Victoria. She also graduated with Diploma in Education (Secondary) at the Australian Catholic University in Teaching methods, English, Humanities (SOSE) and Religious Education.

She previously served as the Head of Humanities Faculty at Loreto College Ballarat, Melbourne. She has a very wide experience in curriculum development and have worked in schools for more than 10 years.

Apart from her duties in the role as Head of Humanities at Loreto College, she also teaches Global Politics, Commerce, Sociology, Religious Education and Pastoral Care.

Ms Wakeling in an interview said that she had always been interested in the world around her and have a passion for politics, human rights, equality and justice.

Volunteering as a Curriculum Support Officer in the Parliament Civics Education Unit in the National Parliament of Solomon Islands is a practical way for her to act out these values while also experiencing another culture.

In the 6 months she hope to help the PCEU team publish their Teachers Resource book while also being able to get out and explore as much of the Solomon Islands as she can.

She has only been in Honiara for 3 weeks and have enjoyed exploring Central Market, the many Bale shops in town, practicing her Pidgin and have swum in the warm waters of Visale.

Just only a week role in at PCEU she already feels at ease and excited about the task at hand, she finds the staff very helpful and generous and looks forward to knowing them more. Her six months attachment with the National Parliament Civic department will lapse in January 2019.

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