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“At YWCA I found my calling to be an educator. I realised how education could make a difference in the life of a person and this inspired me to do the best for myself and for others.”

Humble beginnings
For the majority of us, we have never had to think about how we would transition from school to college to working life. But for some, this journey is not as straight forward. Wezylana Augustin, 25, is the eldest of six siblings; and hails from Kota Marudu in Sabah. “I come from a simple family. My parents are farmers,” she shared.

When Wezlyana was 19, she came to Kuala Lumpur where she spent two years helping the Sisters at Convent Bukit Nanas. “One of the sisters had encouraged me to re-take my SPM English so that I could continue my education,” said Wezlyana. Upon passing her English paper, she enrolled in the Kindergarten Teacher Training course at the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA).

Inspiration
“The one year at YWCA was extremely helpful as there were many programmes that helped me build my confidence,” said Wezlyana who also explained that there were no fees charged by YWCA. “At YWCA I found my calling to be an educator. I realised how education could make a difference in the life of a person and this inspired me to do the best for myself and for others.”

Wezlyana explains that under a special arrangement between YWCA and Dika College, students do a one year programme at YWCA and then move on to a Diploma in Early Childhood Education at Dika College at a special discounted fee. “I joined Dika College in January this year. I work full-time during the week and I take classes at the weekends,” she said adding that work gives her a head start on real-life experience.

Delving deep
The lecturers at Dika College are very experienced and they are extremely helpful. “I enjoy my classes and the activities that help me deepen my understanding on the stages of child development. “I particularly enjoy the module “Philosophy in Early Childhood Development in Malaysia” as it discusses the standards of early childhood education (ECE) in Malaysia and that of other countries such as Finland which have very good ECE frameworks,” said Wezlyana. “It has made me understand the importance of ECE for our country,” she added.

On a mission
“I want to create a positive environment where children can explore their surroundings and discover knowledge in a creative and innovative way. I want them to feel secure and happy; and give them opportunities to solve problems and be better learners,” said a passionate Wezlyana.

“Nelson Mandela once said that “Education is the most powerful weapon which we can use to change the world”. I am deeply moved by this quote and I have made it my personal mission to be a better person, and to use education as an instrument to drive change in my community,” said Wezlyana who is looking forward to return to her hometown to open her own centre when she completes her diploma.

Wezlyana Augustin
Diploma in Early Childhood Education
Works at Kidz V Care Learning Centre