Student Profile: Wientaha Umri

As part of our Adult Learners Week this week, we’re thrilled to introduce you to some of our students who we’re extremely proud of. People who have ‘#changedtheirstory‘ to reach for their goals.
Meet our student, Wientaha who is studying CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support at YCC…

“You can learn from zero, it’s amazing how you can adapt. For example I didn’t know how to cook when I was living in Indonesia (my mum’s food was too delicious and the street food was always fresh), but since coming to Australia and having to cook for a husband and child, I had to learn. Now, I can cook traditional Indonesian food for up to 150 people at special events”.

I came to Australia in November 2011 from Indonesia. When I arrived I could speak English, but I wasn’t very confident. Since living in Australia for the last 10 years, my confidence in speaking English has grown. In 2012, I gave birth to my daughter, and I was a full-time mum, looking after my husband and child.

On Sundays and during the week, I do volunteer work looking after small groups of children, and I teach them how to read, write and pray in Arabic. I was very interested in learning how I could assist them to learn Arabic, so I enrolled in a Certificate III in Education Support at the Yarraville Community Centre. I have decided that working as an Education Support Worker is something I would love to do. I am very keen to learn new skills and work with children to help them learn.

When I first came to Australia, I didn’t really like it very much because everything was so different. My husband encouraged me to get my driver’s licence, and since then I haven’t looked back. It’s great to have the freedom to move around and do things when you want. Sometimes, when I pick up my daughter from school, I pick up other children whose parents don’t have a car – I do this because I want to support other people, it’s how I was raised.

One thing I really like about Australia is that people value education. I have attended classes in the past, and there are people much older than me in the class. It’s great, there are no social barriers to continue learning.

When I finish my course, I want to work as an Education Support Worker. I also want to continue my volunteer work with the kids at the mosque. In this country, there are opportunities to learn.

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