Auckland teachers awarded study scholarship

Venkat Raman –

Four teachers at Zayed College for Girls in Auckland have been granted four Auckland Airport 50th Anniversary Scholarships for further tertiary studies.

Among the recipients were Principal Regina Rasheed ($10,000 to pursue Masters of Educational Leadership), Head of Physical Education Elena Bernardo ($3000 for a Postgraduate Certificate in Digital and Collaborative Learning), Head of English Tara Ebrahim ($10,000 towards her PhD in Education and Science), Teacher Fawziyyah Rafiq ($7427 for Postgraduate Diploma in Education).

The Scholarships were awarded as a part of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of Auckland Airport, with which the School has a close working relationship.

Improved teaching

Zayed College for Girls Teacher and Career Advisor Fawziyyah Rafiq said that the Scholarships will allow teachers to explore and implement pedagogical practices relevant to students in the 21st century.

“This will enhance student achievement and provide greater opportunities and increased pathways into tertiary studies for our young women. Zayed College for Girls is excited to work closely with Auckland Airport over the next two years,” she said.

She said that Auckland Airport will help the students of the College in 2016-2017 in employment and higher education and training and support its education programmes.

Graduate Programme

“We have in place a Graduate Scholarship Programme under which our Year 13 students will be eligible to apply for one of the eight scholarships offered by Auckland Airport in 2016. Graduate scholars gain paid summer employment at the Airport working as Passenger Experience Assistants. The Airport also gives them a laptop and $2000 towards their tertiary fees,” Ms Rafiq said.

The agreement with Auckland Airport will also allow Year 13 students of Zayed College to apply for paid Summer Internships with retailers at the Airport, subject to confirmation from the retailers.

Summer Interns

“Auckland Airport is also working with the Airport Jobs and Skills Hub and employers to confirm opportunities to expand work placements on the airport development,” Ms Rafiq said.

Ms Rasheed said, “We truly appreciate the Airport’s support for our school. We want our students to integrate and contribute positively to New Zealand and the local community, and these Scholarships will help our teachers support students to achieve our objectives.”

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Zayed College for Girls Board of Trustees Chairperson Shahela Qureshi, Thara Ebrahim, Fawziyyah, Principal Regina Rasheed, Elena Bernardo and Head Girl Hannah Alkotub

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