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Obey Your Parents, Work Hard In School, Build Your Character: Vuniwaqa

Obey Your Parents, Work Hard In School, Build Your Character: Vuniwaqa
Dux, Year 13 student, Kelvin Kurisoqo receives his award from Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa at St Teresa of Lisieux College in Navosa on 13 October 2017. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa
October 14
11:53 2017

Students have been reminded that their achievements in school will amount to nothing if they don’t listen to their parent’s advice.

This was the message Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa shared while speaking at the Saint Teresa of Lisieux College prize giving ceremony in Bemana, Navosa yesterday. The school consisted of more than 80 students.

“This is very important, the education you get from home, you can get a degree, masters or even a PhD but if you have a bad character than all the brilliance amounts to nothing,” she added.

Ms Vuniwaqa advised students to adhere to the advice of their parents which could help build their character and also help them in the future.

However, she then reminded parents to be greatly involved in their children’s education.

Children, she added were the vulnerable in society and it was important that they get an education to open more doors of opportunities in the future.

Ms Vuniwaqa said children were future leaders.

She also commended the school and teachers for giving their best despite the environment in which the school was located.

“Pursuing excellence begins from home, the family needs to be equally involved in their children’s education.

“When we see these children, the future lays right with them and the hundreds of children around the country,” Ms Vuniwaqa added.

She also reminded students not to give up on their dreams.

“For those sitting for external exams give your best shot and if you fail don’t give up, keep trying, most successful people have failed at some point of their lives but they didn’t give up.

“Don’t let people’s criticisms limit your capabilities, it’s a very important message we need to take beyond the boundary of this school,” Ms Vuniwaqa said.

As a way of inspiration for students, she shared her experience as a school girl back in her village in Natewa, Vanua Levu.

Ms Vuniwaqa said she knew what it was like to be educated in a rural school and the struggles children endured on a daily basis.

“I know the struggles that parents go through in rural villages just to put their children to school.

“Take advantage of the Governments initiatives in the education sector and Government will pay your school fees as long you have the will to continue,” she added.

Ms Vuniwaqa told the students to make use of the opportunity that a good education granted them.


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