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‘Come Back, Contribute To Nation’

‘Come Back, Contribute To Nation’
Chinese Ambassador to Fiji Qian Bo with Ministry of Education Permanent Secretary Alison Burchell , TSLB Dixon Seeto, Yat Sen School Manager Freeman Gock and FNU Vice Chancellor Nigel Healey with seventeen students, who successfully returned upon completion of their study in Suva on August 28, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
August 29
12:04 2018

Permanent Secretary for Education Alison Burchell has encouraged those who take up scholarships to study abroad to return and contribute to the country.

While speaking at a friendly gathering at the Chinese Embassy for the scholarship recipients and the new graduates from China yesterday, Ms Burchell said: “We want you to come back to Fiji.”

She emphasised the value of education and the importance of having the right education in place for all levels.

Scholarship recipient Lindy Teilai, a Year 13 student of Yat Sen Secondary School said: “Right now I am a bit nervous and at the same time I am excited that I will learn new things about China.

Former Chinese scholarship student Charissa Panuve 23 (left) congratulating Lindy Teilai, 18 as one of nineteen recipient’s of study scholarship in China by Chinese Ambassador to Fiji  Qian Bo on August 28, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Former Chinese scholarship student Charissa Panuve 23 (left) congratulating Lindy Teilai, 18 as one of nineteen recipient’s of study scholarship in China by Chinese Ambassador to Fiji Qian Bo on August 28, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

“Doing Year 13, I have to leave everything behind even though I am doing well and my mom  does not agree with me leaving everything behind but I believe going to China will be eye opening for me, good experience and they also have good academic level.”

She wants to go to China to learn the language. Ms Teilai hails from Wainiika Village in Tawake, Cakaudrove.

Chinese Ambassador to Fiji Qian Bao congratulated the 18 graduates who returned last month and gave his best wishes to the 19 new recipients who leave next month for China.

For recipient Ashmit Kumar, 24, said yesterday was a proud moment for him and his family.

Ashmit Kumar

Ashmit Kumar

“When we received the confirmation, my father was in tears, he couldn’t stop crying because he was filled with so much joy,” Mr Kumar said

“For someone who comes from a humble rural family, having such an opportunity is a dream of a life time.”

He would be the first member in their family to travel overseas to study.

Grateful for the opportunity, Orisi Naivalurua said China had taught him a lot about life.

Orisi Naivalurua while sharing his experience of three year studying in China at Chinese Embassy in Suva  on August 28, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Orisi Naivalurua while sharing his experience of three year studying in China at Chinese Embassy in Suva on August 28, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Mr Naivalurua returned from China last month after studying for seven years.

He encouraged the new scholarship recipients to make good use of the opportunity and to manage time well.

He  said: “Time is very precious in China, it was a bit of shock bringing my Fiji time there strolling around the school campus.

“Time is very important and the Chinese they maximize what they do within a short period of time. Chinese people are very hardworking.

“They are very hardworking to a point where Saturday and Sunday almost feels like a Monday and Tuesday,” he said.

“I learnt more about life then just school work. Chinese people live a healthy life style, it is part of their life, exercising every morning and eating at the right time.”

He also said learning the language was a bonus. The Taveuni lad thanked the Chinese government for the opportunity and support.

He returned with a Bachelors Degree and a Masters Degree in Climate Systems and Climate Change.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

selita.bolanavanua@fijisun.com.fj

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