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Career Beckons For Mum

Career Beckons For Mum
Barges and tugs carrying out Phase Two of the salvaging work on the sunken MV Southern Phoenix at the Suva harbour. Photo: Inoke Rabonu
September 07
09:33 2014

Sereseini Salada, 52, is thankful that she has achieved a certificate in Early Childhood Education (ECE) from a recognised university.

Ms Salada was one of the 171 students who graduated from the University of the South Pacific Centre for Vocational and Continuing Education on yesterday.

The mother of three, who has been teaching in the ECE for 23 years said it was an exciting moment.

She said ECE in Fiji had really changed and developed over the years requiring kindergarten teachers to get proper qualification compared to the past.

“I find this good because we really get to learn how to not only teach children but also how we can take good care of them while they are in our care; getting a qualification also gives us some sort of stability in terms of our wages,” Ms Salada said.

The teacher of Nawakura Village Kindergarten in Maumi, Tailevu, was also thankful to the Government for giving grants to ECE.

“Early childhood education is a very important part of our education system and to our children and we need to invest in it and I’m thankful the government has recognised this,” Ms Salada said.

Another graduate, 26-year-old Tailasa Tawake who also graduated from the same course said the whole duration of the course was an eye opener.

“It’s interesting to learn why children behave in certain ways, I have a lot of little nieces and nephews that I babysit at home and this course has been very resourceful,” Ms Tawake said.

She recommended that not only kindergarten teachers take up the course but mothers as well.

Meanwhile, 53-year-old Pardeep Dami was the proudest father when his daughter Narsha Lal graduated yesterday.

He said he was happy Ms Lal was the first of his five children to graduate from a university.

“I’m really proud of her achievement,” Mr Dami said.

Twenty-year old Ms Lal dedicated her achievement to her 52-year old mother Sarojni Devi saying she had been the driving factor behind her success.




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