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Cane Farmer Tells How Scholarship Scheme Fulfill Daughters’ Dreams

Cane Farmer Tells How Scholarship  Scheme Fulfill Daughters’ Dreams
Nazila Nisha, Amad Khalil with younger daughter Nazifa Nisha in Lautoka on October 12, 2017. Photo: Kathrin Krishna
October 13
11:00 2017

‘If it was not for TELS and Toppers Scheme, my daughters would not have graduated’


Amad Khalil, 51, a hardworking cane farmer from Maro, Sigatoka was in tears when he witnessed his second daughter graduate yesterday.

Nazila Nisha received a Postgraduate Registration Bachelor of Nursing Science during the Sangam Institute of Technology graduation.

She was among 74 students to graduate during the ceremony at the Sugar Cane Growers Council Building in Lautoka.

Last year, his younger daughter Nazila graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing from the same institution.

Mr Khalil thanked the FijiFirst Government for having the vision of educating all youths by introducing the Tertiary Education Loan Scheme and Toppers Scheme.

“If it was not for TELS and Toppers Scheme, my daughters would not have graduated,” he said.

“The two scholarships which my daughters received gave us a new beginning in life and I am thankful to the Government,” he said.

“I am very proud of my daughters as they have achieved good results in their tertiary studies.”

A very emotional Mr Khalil recalled the days when he would think about how he would get money for their daughter’s education.

“I struggled to send my two daughters to school and I knew only their education could improve the standard of living of our family,” he added.

“When they got the scholarships, the burden was lifted and I knew that they would have a better life, with good pay in future.”

The sisters thanked their father for having faith in them and thanked the scholarship board for helping grassroots people achieve their dreams.

The younger sibling works at the Lautoka Hospital while the elder one works at the Sigatoka Hospital.

Chief guest, New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji Mark Ramsden told graduates: “You have chosen the profession where you play an important role in delivering good health care and striving for excellence in nursing.”

“Your role is to advocate on health promotion and educate on its preventions while dealing with other front line health care issues,” he said.

Academic Board chairperson TISI Sangam College of Nursing Amraiya Naidu said: “We commend you all for your sacrifice in investing in your own resources to upgrade your education to raise the quality of nursing in the country.

“Your persistence to succeed has finally come to fruition despite having to juggle your time between full time employment, household chores to attend to and family commitments,” he said.

“Through years of hard work and dedication you will be rewarded; do manage your careers well.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa



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