Corina is a Karen woman who has lived in refugee camps on the Thai- Burmese borders for 30 years. Being committed to children and looking to make a contribution while living in the camps, she became a teacher. At first she taught the children, then she became a trainer, a teacher of teachers.
When she first arrived in Australia, Corina struggled a bit with her mental health, but she had some good supports and now that there are more than 170 Karen families living in Geelong, she is helping people to settle in and find their feet.
And of course she is continuing with her teaching:
“I am a teacher. I teach grade nine to twelve. There are twenty-six students in my class. we teach our Karen language and also culture and our history.”
I acknowledge that my work is conducted on the land of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations. I pay my respects to Elders past, present and future, for they hold the memories, traditions, Cultures and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Sovereignty was never ceded.