A Passion for Teaching
PhD candidate Fizza Sabir talks about her research, how
education brought her to Australia and why she will alwaysreturn to teaching.
Fizza Sabir loves to teach. Spend five minutes with her and her passion for her students, her courses and her profession will become
clear: “I love teaching, I can’t live without it!”
This love for teaching and education has brought her from Pakistan tothe
University of Adelaide
but perhaps that isbecause not everyone who teaches has a background rooted in Psychology as she does.
Fizza’s journey started back in Pakistan, where she decided to study Psychology at university, a
move that confused her family, most of whom pursed further study in sciences like Physics and IT.
“I’m the only one who is in Psychology and education,” Fizza says.
“I think I am different. I like to work with people, I love social sciences.”
Once she completed an undergraduate degree in 1992, Fizza decided to work in a school for ayear. Before returning to study masters, she taught general classes like Pakistan Studies andUrdu to primary school students in private schools in Pakistan. This set a pattern for the nextcouple of years, where in between further study she would spend time teaching. After this, Fizzabegan working in different organisations and NGOs and working as adjunct faculty at the FatimaJinnah Women University.But she was not quite done with further study yet. It was a business trip to Melbourne in 2004 thatsparked an interest in studying in Australia.
“I first visited Australia in 2004 when I was working with the Ministry of Education…we went to
Melbourne uni. That was
my first international visit.”
“It was a wonderful experience, I loved it. When I went back, I was looking for someopportunities…to come back here and study.”
She returned to Melbourne in 2006 to complete a Masters in Assessment and Evaluation, beforereturning to Pakistan to work as an Education Evaluator and then as an Assistant Professor atFatima Jinnah Women University.Overseas study is encouraged in Pakistan, and while many go to the United States or the UK,
Fizza says her focus “always remained Australia”.
Fizza arrived in Adelaide in 2012 as a PhD candidate at the School of Education, her experiencesin Melbourne part of the reason she decided to return. She wanted her daughters, who currentlyattend school here, to experience the good values and multicultural nature of Australia.