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Good Samaritan joins MACE team

By Louise Errington

Bachelor of Humanitarian and Community Studies student Anthony Ifeajika has joined the CDU Media team on a 50-day placement Bachelor of Humanitarian and Community Studies student Anthony Ifeajika has joined the CDU Media team on a 50-day placement

A mental health and disability worker, and child protection advocate has recently joined Charles Darwin University’s Media team on a 50-day work placement as part of his studies.

Originally from Nigeria, Bachelor of Humanitarian and Community Studies student Anthony Ifeajika said he has never been afraid of challenging ineffective social systems to deliver better outcomes for disadvantaged people.

“I think I was born to challenge the system,” Anthony said.

“Giving a voice to the disadvantaged and informing policy to better meet the needs of the people has always been a passion of mine.

“I have always been interested in the world of politics, international relations, and the humanitarian issues facing the world. This is one of very few university courses in the world that covers such a broad range of humanitarian topics.”

In 2008 CDU became the first university in the world to offer an undergraduate degree that qualified students to work as humanitarian logisticians for international aid agencies or community and welfare workers in remote communities.

As part of his studies, Anthony is undertaking a placement in CDU’s Office of Media, Advancement and Community Engagement, which he said would give him the communication skills he would need as a social worker interested in informing policy.

“Studying at CDU has been a very challenging and interesting opportunity,” Anthony said.

“It has been challenging in the sense that I have had to balance part-time work and full-time study while settling into a new country, and interesting because the content covered in the degree is fascinating, and creates debate among my fellow students.”

Anthony completed a Bachelor of International Relations and History at Nigeria’s Delta State University before arriving in Australia three years ago to pursue further study and build a career.

He is currently employed by the Northern Territory Department of Health, where he works with prisoners who have diagnosed intellectual disabilities or mental illnesses. He plans to continue this work following the completion of his degree.

In the future, Anthony hopes to work in child protection, assisting vulnerable young Australians who have suffered traumatic childhoods to lead happy and successful lives.

“There is nothing more rewarding than assisting someone who has suffered neglect and abuse to improve their standard of life,” he said.