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Olivier Kameya

Olivier Kameya

“I once had a teacher,” Olivier recalled, “in my last year of middle school that believed in me and thought that I could do anything and become someone.” When asked why he became a teacher Olivier remembered this. “His trust in me sparked a flame to become a teacher. Once I had that spark, I resolved to emulate him through my practice.” Olivier has come to NWCC with a Bachelor of Information Technology from Charles Sturt University, a Masters of Politics and Public Policy thanks to Macquarie University, as well as a Graduate Diploma of Education from Excelsia College.

After completing his professional experience with NWCC in term 3, 2015, Olivier returned to the school as the Photography teacher. Taking on the Stage 5 Photographic and Digital Media, and Stage 4 Technology, as well as the Stage 6 Information Process and Technology for Preliminary and HSC study, Olivier has become an essential part of our High School staff. “Being part of community of teachers, who are also learners, who truly care about children and their future not only as able individuals but also spiritual beings, is something truly exciting.” Olivier is also a mentor of a group of Stage 4 boys, who he hopes to inspire to exercise their God-given talents in and outside the classroom. “I hope to open opportunities for them in a world where they can function as responsible local and global citizens.”

Giving back to the community is a big part of Olivier’s philosophy, and as a former athlete, he spreads his wisdom by coaching junior and youth football teams. Olivier attends Liverpool Baptist Church, and supports Baptist World Aid, a child education sponsorship, and Hope Global (a Rwanda and Cambodia Teacher Education program). “I work with ethnic communities, mainly African but also South East Asian and sub-continent communities, in developing their capacity for integration in the Australian community.” He a proud and avid supporter of Barakabaho or ‘Let them live’, which is an indigenous NGO in Rwanda that looks after orphans of the Genocide against Tutsis in Rwanda. “This organisation has played a big role in building me up after the loss of my parents and support network. So the only way I can repay back is to find friends across the world especially in Australia who can strengthen its capacity to provide assistance, through education support and trauma counselling, to orphans and widows of the 1994 genocide.”

Olivier believes he has developed a ‘healthy appetite for travel’, having explored many countries in Africa and Asia. “I travelled with my family in Cambodia and Rwanda, and did a bit of missionary work, especially with my kids in Rwanda.”

Olivier is passionate about integrating technology into the classroom, as well as implementing anti-bullying behaviour, responsible civic engagement, and community participation. He is looking forward to continuing his partnership with NWCC and sharing his caring nature with those around him. “As soon as you walk through those gates, you feel valued and cared for. That really filters through how students respond to staff and each other. There are very few workplaces left where this kind of atmosphere can be found.”