What is your name?
My name is Julie Green
Where do you reside?
I am living and working as a volunteer in the Philippines
Which education systems have you experienced as an educator, student or parent?
Growing up, I experienced the UK, Swedish and Australian education systems (we moved a lot because of my Dad's work!) and I have to say that the two years I spent in Sweden (aged 9-10) were by far the most brilliant education-wise; so much emphasis on holistic learning and 'play'!
As an educator, I have experience of the educational system in the UK, Australia, the Philippines, Taiwan and some exposure to education in Kenya, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (through stints as a volunteer teacher and development work).
What do you hope to learn and contribute to this seminar?
I hope to learn more about global education, about best practice and also to meet passionate fellow educators! I believe whole-heartedly in holistic education; a move away from the tradition of having lessons dedicated to specific subjects - I hope to learn more about successful systems from around the world and also contribute to the discussion with my experiences and thoughts.
If you could take a 1-year sabbatical to learn anything, what would you do?
Exactly what I am doing right now actually!!! I am on a one-year volunteer assignment in the Philippines with Australian Volunteers in International Development (AVID) working with parents from marginalized, low socio-economic communities to empower them to actively support their children's education. I have learnt, and continue to learn so much from this experience and would love to do this sort of thing again for a year!
If you could have tea with any person in history, who would you invite and why?
Tough question!! It would have to be Gandhi - to meet the person that inspired thousands of people to fight for their human rights and equality through non-violent methods and for his deep sense of humanity. He would be an amazing person to talk to and to learn from!