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Japan Tour Eye-Opener For Headgirl

Japan Tour Eye-Opener For Headgirl
Labasa Sangam College headgirl Shanaya Prasad. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka
July 19
10:00 2018

Shanaya Prasad  was among the top five students from around Fiji selected for the Sakura programme, which is facilitated by the Japanese government.

 

Participating in the Sakura High School Science Programme has been an eye-opener for Labasa Sangam College headgirl Shanaya Prasad .

The Year 13 Science student is the first from the school and Northern Division who was selected for the programme in Japan.

The programme aims to raise the interest of Asian youths toward the sciences and technologies at Japanese universities, research institutions and private companies.

“I have witnessed a variety of technologies produced by reputable corporations such as Yaskawa Electronic Corporation, Miriakan Science Museum as well as the technical college,” Shanaya said.

“A person of interest whom I met during my tour was Mamoru Mohri, a Japanese scientist.

“He is a former National Space Development Agency of Japan astronaut, and a veteran of two National Aeronautics and Space Administration  shuttle missions.”

She said two of the main qualities she observed were punctuality and perseverance.

“I was impressed with Dr Mohri’s punctuality in spite of his busy schedules and prestigious role at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo,” Shanaya said.

“We have all seen and experienced for ourselves the development and modern technologies in Japan.

“In spite of these developments and influence of the modern era, the Japanese people are still rooted to their culture – we should always remember that culture is our identity.”

Shanaya, who resides at Bulileka, labels her one week stint as an experience of a life time.

She was among the top five students from around Fiji selected for the Sakura programme, which is facilitated by the Japanese government.

Selection was based on their results for the Year 12 external examination.

During the school assembly, she said activities under the Sakura programme included visitation to various research stations and universities.

“I was so excited when the teachers told me that I had been selected for the programme,” she said.

The programme will be offered again in November this year.

Edited by Percy Kean

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