SAMPLES OF WORK
Monash University Brief
Monash University Faculty of Education are producing a series of story-based videos of our international alumni. The videos are designed to celebrate their achievements and how they are working to create change in their communities.
Maristella Baras is a Master of Counselling graduate of Monash University. Mari taught as a secondary school teacher for 10 years in Papua New Guinea before coming to Melbourne on an Australia Awards Scholarship.
We want to showcase Mari in her role as Assistant Manager for Australia Awards Scholarships and highlight the previous work she has done with the PNGAus Partnership Secondary Schools initiative. We want to celebrate and share her story with prospective students as well as our online community.
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Maristella Baras studied her Master of Counselling with us thanks to the Australia Awards program. "I told myself that I am going to really study hard and one fine day, I will give the best to my mother and stop her from working [so hard] in the garden. "That made me have a passion of education." In a full circle moment she is now working with the scheme as Assistant Manager in her home country of Papua New Guinea.
Pacific Islands: The frontline of climate change
Climate change is fundamentally a development problem, not simply an environmental problem. The poor are currently suffering and will continue to suffer the most from climate change. They are least able to protect themselves from its effects and they are least able to recover from climatic disasters. They tend to live in the most vulnerable areas, such as low-lying land prone to flooding, or marginal agricultural land prone to drought. They are the most likely to have to leave their homes in search of water or to escape flooding.
— Excerpt World Vision Australia Policy Position on Climate Change