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Fatimah Salvador

MA Social Sciences (International Childhood)

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On a field trip to Amsterdam I learned about children's lived experiences and their curriculum. We visited many historical places, such as Anne Frank's house, Jood Museum, the Portuguese Synagogue, and Ruks Museum, along with the opportunity to explore Amsterdam.

I decided to pursue a postgraduate course to learn more about the international education experience. This course provides knowledge of international perspectives of children’s rights, their lived experience, and an understanding of historical, geographical, and cultural definitions of childhood across the continent.

The teaching on all modules was practical and interactive, so I enjoyed them all. The course consists of compulsory and optional modules. Through lectures, essays, blogging and presentation of our selected topics to the class, we shared our experiences with each other.

On a field trip to Amsterdam I learned about children’s lived experiences and their curriculum. We visited many historical places, such as Anne Frank’s house, Jood Museum, the Portuguese Synagogue, and Ruks Museum, along with the opportunity to explore Amsterdam.

I intend to pursue work with charity organization in children and young people’s services. This is a job route where I’ll be able to have a positive impact on people’s lives, especially those most vulnerable.

The course has supported me with my career ambitions and employability skills. I have gained a wider knowledge of my writing and presentation skills. On top of this, I have been able to gain experience of volunteering in an international charity organization Everton in the Community (EitC). I am currently undergoing training on how to become a digital skills champion in Liverpool where I can teach people how to use technology for their basic needs in life.

The application process to this Masters was fast and smooth. I had the support of Edge Hill University who responded to emails quickly, from CAS-Shield online self-service system, and throughout my Visa Application.

It self-funded this Masters. I paid 75% of my fees from savings from my previous work in Nigeria where I worked as a school director for nine years. I was also supported by family and friends in Nigeria. They supported my dream to study in the United Kingdom.

Postgraduate life involves more research work compared to undergraduate. There is more writing and presentations too. The length of the course is usually one or two years too, where an undergraduate degree takes longer.

My main advice for others considering this Masters degree would be: have a balanced life and get involved in as many school activities as you can.