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Never Too Old To Graduate

Never Too Old To Graduate
Vaciseva Vunisa (middle), with Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Bala (right), and Education Officer Ba/Tavua/Vatukoula/Nadarivatu Kaminieli Vunisa yesterday. Photo: Charles Chambers
November 26
11:00 2016

For 74-year-old Vaciseva Vunisa, sitting a two week course with fellow villagers, some of whom who were as old as her grandchildren, did not deter her in any way.

In fact she had one of the biggest smiles at Sorokoba Village in Ba yesterday after graduating in floriculture from the Fiji National University.

Ms Vunisa was one of a record 940 people from villages and rural settlements in Ba who underwent courses in 14 different fields in an initiative sponsored by the Government.

Ms Vunisa of Sorokoba Village had been doing flower arrangements for some time now and even up to supervising family members on how to get it done properly.

“However when I attended this course on flower arrangements by FNU, it took me to a whole new level.”

Ms Vunisa said the course taught her and other participants flower arrangements for different occasions.

“Flowers are arranged differently for funerals, weddings and birthdays and even in your homes.

“It’s how you set the flowers and the type of flowers you use,” she said.

“Like I said, this has taught me a lot and even though I am 74-years-old, I still learnt something new.”

Ms Vunisa said she owed her new found knowledge to the Government and FNU.

“What the present Government has done through the FNU and all other assistances to the village of Sorokoba has never been done before.”

Ms Vunisa parted ways with her husband many years ago and their only child died.

She adopted two children who have their own homes and jobs.


Edited by Jonathan Bryce


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