On the Rhodes to suc­cess

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

WEM­B­LEY res­i­dent Ilona Quahe (24) has be­come the eighth Rhodes Scholar from the Univer­sity of WA in five years.

The Bach­e­lor of Laws (with first class Hon­ours) and Bach­e­lor of Eco­nomics graduate re­ceived one of three pres­ti­gious Aus­tralia-at-Large Rhodes Schol­ar­ships for 2016.

Ms Quahe works as a Teach for Aus­tralia cam­pus con­sul­tant and le­gal of­fi­cer for Civic Le­gal.

She said she planned to study a Mas­ter of Science de­gree in So­ci­ol­ogy and Mas­ter of Pub­lic Pol­icy at Ox­ford Univer­sity with an aim to im­prove ed­u­ca­tional equal­ity in Aus­tralia.

“Study­ing so­ci­ol­ogy will deepen my un­der­stand­ing of the com­plex chal­lenge of en­trenched so­cial and eco­nomic dis­ad­van­tage, while pub­lic pol­icy will give me the skills to de­vise so­lu­tions in the gov­ern­ment or (non-gov­ern­ment) sphere,” Ms Quahe said.

“My vi­sion is of an Aus­tralia where all chil­dren, re­gard­less of their back­ground, have ac­cess to a great ed­u­ca­tion and op­por­tu­nity to de­ter­mine their own fu­ture.”

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