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No Greater Calling than Being a Leader of People

No Greater Calling than Being a Leader of People
February 03
11:00 2017

Tiara Dutta, Ratu Manoa Rokotavaga and Vasiti Vuniwaqa have one thing in common.

As they accept student leadership badges for Jai Narayan College, they in fact have joined a very special group of young people throughout the country identified as potential Fijian leaders of the future.

Whether it is Jai Narayan College, Natabua High School in Lautoka or Labasa College, their chosen leaders are automatically drafted into this special group.

In the coming days, schools will be picking and badging their leaders and no doubt the selection criteria will be stringent and based on merit.

Your favourite newspaper, the Fiji Sun, will be out there to capture these proud and profound moments in the lives of these students and their families.

This is when they learn to become leaders, they learn to be wise when they exercise their choices and judgments.

Some may falter but it’s all part of the learning process.

They will pick up new ideas from others and learn whether those ideas are good or bad.

Some of the students will test them to see what they are made of and even tempt them to do the wrong things in the usual school popularity contest.

The real strong leaders with integrity will not succumb to such attempts but will stand tall at all times in upholding school rules.

Whether it’s badging at pre-school, to primary and secondary, the principle is the same.

Tiara Dutta, Jai Narayan’s new headgirl says her leadership skills and knowledge will help her build her career as an accountant in the future.

She says she is looking to God to bless her in her “roller coaster” journey this year. She realises it will not be easy and knows exactly what she will do to stay on course.

Time management will be an essential ingredient of her resources. It’s a key element that will help her succeed in fulfilling her leadership role and academic goals.

Headboy, Ratu Manoa, knows what he is going to do to become an effective leader. He says he will put the responsibility of the badge before his personal relationships with other boys in the school.

Deputy headgirl, Vasiti, also has a huge responsibility to shoulder. A lot of expectation is on her to perform.

Her father is Nemani Vuniwaqa, the director for Immigration and mother is, Mereseini Vuniwaqa, the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation.

We wish all those badged yesterday the best for this year.

No greater calling comes to us than being entrusted with the sacred and solemn responsibility to lead a group of people.


A new lease of life


heir response said it all.

“This is one of the most glorious days in our lives,” said 73-year-old mother, Legalega Diana and son, Avaiata Rarasea, 41.

They were among 68 families who received their 99-year-lease approval notice at Navua yesterday.

Ms Diana has been a widow for a number of years now. The document is literally a new lease of life for her and her family.

The Government must be commended for not forgetting the disadvantaged, the poor and the needy in our communities. This scheme is putting back smiles on the faces of many people.



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