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Taraivini Perseveres For Single Mother

Taraivini’s mother works at a garment factory. She understands the struggles her mother goes through to provide for her education.
21 Feb 2021 09:48
Taraivini Perseveres For Single Mother
Basden Anglican College student leaders Taraivini Naligamasei (head girl) and Epeli Vakaloloma (head boy) after the prefects induction on the February 19, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

Hard work is paying off for Taraivini Naligamasei.

She was inducted the head girl of Basden Anglican College in Newtown on Friday.

“Vinaka Na na veisusu (Thank you mum for raising me),” Taraivini said as she embraced her mother.

The 17-year-old was raised by her mother single-handedly.

“It is tough to see my mother’s struggle and there is nothing I can do about it,” Taraivini said.

“This is why I am working hard so that I can do something for her later in life.

“Raised by a single mother has taught me to be humble and to be content with what I have.”

Taraivini’s mother works at a garment factory. She understands the struggles her mother goes through to provide for her education.

“This role means a lot to me and I will work with the teachers and prefects to make sure that discipline is maintained throughout the year,” she said.

“I know that there will be challenges and I am ready to overcome them all.”

For head boy Epeli Vakaloloma, it is about balancing his new role and studies.

The 17-year-old hails from Dakuiloma Village in Vanuabalavu, Lau and shares maternal links to Tuvuca Village in Vanuabalavu, Lau.

He is grateful to the teachers for believing in him.

“I’m working hard so that I can look after my family back in the village,” he said.

The aspiring pilot lives with his aunt in Suva.

“I am the eldest in the family and I have to set an example for my younger siblings,” he said.

“This role requires me to be a role model to the students and I believe I can do it.”

The deputy head boys are; Rupeni Guivalu and Ezekiel Waqamate.

Abigail Laugasau and Losalini Qoli are the deputy head girls.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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