Sheerali Shines at Adult Learner Awards

Sheerali Arya

Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018

Sheerali Arya, who will be graduating with a Postgraduate Diploma in Management this year, has been awarded a Certificate of Commendation for “Exceptional Adult Educator” at the 20th annual Adult Learner Awards in Tauranga.

Learning is one of the best ways we can open our minds to new knowledge, experiences and cultures. For Sheerali, relocating to New Zealand and enrolling at Toi Ohomai has opened new doors in terms of learning, but also in terms of building relationships and teaching others.

“After 11 years in the banking industry, I felt that I needed to expand my horizons and skills, which led me to beautiful New Zealand. I have learnt so much and have felt very supported in terms of adapting to the new learning environment, getting constructive feedback and just being able to successfully complete my studies so that I could pass that knowledge on to others.”

Sheerali teaches papers that form part of the Level 7 Diploma in Business and Strategy at Stellaris PTE in Tauranga. Her students come from diverse backgrounds and from all around the world.

Sheerali’s passion and commitment to support, mentor and guide adult learners, is evident in the success of her students.

“It’s all about the support network. For many of my students, that network can only be found by putting yourself out there. I like to emphasise the importance of volunteering, getting out and talking to people in English. It goes a long way to help international students hone their English skills and communication skills in general.”

Apart from teaching, Sheerali also volunteers as a mentor, journalist and English tutor at organisations throughout the city as a means of giving back, but also connecting with her community and continuously sharing knowledge.

“You can never stop learning and I believe that you always have to be open to learn from each other. That is one of the most important things I learnt at Toi Ohomai – to welcome feedback, input and conversations as a means of understanding and learning from each other.”