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Disability No Barrier For Varani, Poses Challenge To Youths

Disability No Barrier For Varani, Poses Challenge To Youths
Joji Saurara Varani with his aunty Dr Eta Varani Norton and cousin Benerocci Naiveli after the graduation ceremony yesterday. Photo: Selita Bolanavanua
May 04
11:10 2018

Disability was not a barrier for Joji Saurara Varani, 25, as he pursued his dreams.

Mr Varani was among the 105 stu­dents who graduated under Techni­cal and Further Education (TAFE) programme from the Fiji National University

He graduated with a Diploma in Information Technology (Network­ing) at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva yesterday.

He suffered from Cerebral Palsy (CP).

CP is a group of permanent move­ment disorders that appear in early childhood.

“I am so proud of myself for what I have achieved today,” he said.

“I challenge the youths and chil­dren out there that if I as a disabled person can graduate, you can also graduate.

“Many young people these days are not serious with education; they do not care about studies anymore.”

Mr Varani said all the aspects of his life were full of challenges.

“I just wish my parents lived to see this day,” he said.

He lost his mom when he was in class one in 1998 and he also lost his dad in 2015.

“I know they are proud of me wher­ever they are right now.”

He thanked his uncles and aunts who had been taking care of him and his other two siblings after their parents died.

“One of the things that I always have in my mind was never to fail,” he said.

“This was because TAFE has paid a huge amount of money to put me to school and if I fail, I don’t have my parents to pay that amount.”

Mr Varani said he plans to further his studies and also look for a job that suits his field of study.

Edited by Percy kean


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