Name: Kamaleddin Marvian
NZTC Qualification: Master of Early Childhood Education
What inspired you to pursue a career in early childhood education?
Until I joined an international kindergarten in Beijing, I didn’t realise that early childhood education was a highly professional career. My main inspiration came from a need from deep inside me to make a difference in the lives of young children.
What has your career been like until now?
I first started teaching in 1998 as a private English language teacher in Tokyo. It was my German-American roommate that advised me to start a career in teaching. It was during my career as a language teacher in Beijing that I realised how fascinating little children are, how fast they learned and how quick I could see them make advances in their language capabilities. I have worked at many public primary schools and many kindergartens, and I gained a lot of knowledge from the communities of practice in each working environment.
You currently live in China. Tell me about your work there and why you decided to work/live in the country?
China is a fascinating country and there is a lot to learn from Chinese culture and its wonderful people. The main reason I choose to work here is since my elder brother, younger brother and sister (all language teachers) live in this country. I have lived in Beijing for 15 years and since I know its people and culture, I prefer to stay here.
You already completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (ECE) with NZTC. What motivated you to pursue the Master of Early Childhood Education?
My main motivation was to better understand the idea of being a professional educator and to provide better quality services for my students, their families, the community and the society that I live in.
What has your experience studying through NZTC Online like?
Since I have been away from school for a while and I have family responsibilities, it took me some time to adjust to the lifestyle of a student. Also, I was more used to the traditional way of having classes and it took me some time to get used to learning online.
What are you future plans?
I hope to start a new career in ECE as soon as I finish my master’s qualification and I am excited to apply the knowledge I gain in this program to practical work.