Analiza Amurao: Teaching without barriers

Rappler.com
Posted on 10/19/2013 1:56 PM  | Updated 11/25/2013 1:30 AM

Analiza Amurao proves that even as a teacher, you can never stop learning – or helping others.

She is a PhD student in Multicultural Studies, and a professor at the Mahidol University International College (MUIC) in Bangkok, Thailand. As one of the most active researchers in the University, she has presented papers in various venues across Asia and Europe.

In 2010, she recevied MUIC’s Achievement Award. She also received Malacanang’s Bagong Bayani Award for Most Outstanding Employee on the same year.

In 2011, she spearheaded a charity concert that gathered volunteers and music artists from Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Pakistan, Japan, and the Philippines. The proceeds went to the victims of Typhoon Sendong in Cagayan De Oro and Iligan.

In 2012, she was the recipient of the Overseas Balikbayan Reputation Awards (OBRA) for Outstanding Work Ethics.

She was also included in the Top 5 for the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO)-Australia’s Press Awards, held in the same year.

She reaches out to others Filipino teachers in Thailand by facilitating teacher-training programs that will help them fulfill immigration requirements.

Analiza also provides free online classes to students from Vietnam through Spotlight English. She also worked with UN Volunteers and translated community empowerment webpages used by Filipino social workers.

Watch a profile video of Analiza and the other finalists of the Global Pinoy category below.

Constantly learning

For the training sessions that she conducts, Analiza aims to impart not just professional knowledge, but necessary social skills as well.

“Right now I’m coming up with modules that do not only focus on teaching English but also on helping teachers understand more the culture of the host country,” Analiza says. “In many ways the culture of the learners is very important so that the teachers would understand how to teach the lessons, what are the things that they can further do, or things that they may not do in relation to the culture of the students.”

In order to keep teaching, Analiza keeps learning more.

“I’ve started recently my PhD in Multicultural Studies and my specialization is in migration,” Analiza says. She hopes to be able to develop a program which will help her fellow Filipinos – “like helping them know more about their rights as migrant workers.”

Analiza keeps Doing More simply because she doesn’t stop trying. “My idea of Doing More is being able to reach out to as many OFWs here in my host country,” she explains.

She further adds, “It is not necessarily being at the helm of an organization or being a person of means but it’s having the heart for service. I believe that’s very important, if you have [that], you can do things and make things happen.” – Rappler.com

Follow Analiza Amurao on Twitter: @analiza_amurao

Get to know other finalists by clicking their names below:
Mary Jane Al Mahdi Susan Ople

These figures reflect the result of the public voting phase held from October 24 to November 24, 2013.

The final score for each finalist will be computed from the ff:

Public Vote - 40%
Panel Vote - 60%
Total - 100%

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