Zoryana Pshyk – Community Connector MU
I hold a BA and Masters in Ukrainian Philology from Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, Ukraine; H.Dip in Further Education, and Masters in Adult and Community Education from Maynooth University.
As an adult and community educator I have worked with community groups in county Kildare; have been lecturing Philosophy of Adult Education with the Department of Adult and Community Education, MU; facilitated/ freelanced with Leargas National Agency and Partners Training for Transformation, with a specific interest in Freirean approach.
Prior to joining the College Connect team, I worked as a Community Education Outreach worker (KWETB) supporting community groups with educational processes, developing curriculums, and mentoring tutors to work with groups in a community education approach. I am involved in local community development as a director for County Kildare Leader Partnership representing Community as well as through Kildare Integration Network and other community groups.
In Ireland, I have spent 6 years living in the Direct Provision System. This experience shaped me into the person I am today. It prompted me to go back to university as a mature student, to make meaning of my experience with the help of education.
I truly believe that education changes people’s lives and that people have the power to make the world a better place for everyone. I am passionate about social justice, diversity and inclusion, and write on topics of adult education, Freirean philosophy, voice and experiences of asylum seekers and refugees.