Opinion

Providing education to the poor

Written By : Sun Fiji Newsroom. Nadi College is one such institution with it entrenched principle that education at all cost must be disseminated to all poor people, the under
01 Jul 2008 12:00

image Written By : Sun Fiji Newsroom. Nadi College is one such institution with it entrenched principle that education at all cost must be disseminated to all poor people, the under privileged and students, which is the vision the founder Dr Shankat Ali Sahib.
He cherished such vision for years.
Dr S.A. Sahib who started the school in1996 lived all his life with the motto “to work is to worship”.
Dr Saheb has dedicated over six decades of his life to the field of education.
His aim was always to provide education to the highest order and all those who sought it and possess the necessary drive, initiative and intelligence.
He founded Tilak High School in Lautoka and Nadi College in which he was principal of both schools.
Nadi College believes education is seen as a universal right of an individual.
A well learned society assist a country in nation building and therefore the children of today deserve the best in education and it is the responsibility of all stakeholders including parents, teachers, Ministry of Education, Government of the day and the community at large to ensure that every child reaches his or her full potential in life through good education.
The school recognises the essential significance of education in the overall formula for nation building and achieving long term success.
Nadi College has a total of 37 teachers and 646 students which ranges from forms three to seven including vocational students as well.
In 2006 the school was very fortunate the Ministry of Education in conjunction with Fiji Educational Sector Program (Australian Government aided) in choosing the school as the first institution in the country to experiment the new Pathway programme.
Hotel and Catering is part of the Pathway program and is designed to run parallel to academic courses.
Students who pass their Fiji Junior Examination or higher could enroll themselves in this course.
With the booming tourism industry and resorts springing up every second day, they believe the course is important to schools in the West.
The Ministry of Education has also introduced, guided and directed Technical and Vocational courses at Nadi College such as Agriculture Science, Automotive Engineering, Technical Drawing, Computer Studies and Office Technology.
However the school curriculum still emphasises even to this present day literacy in core academic subjects like English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, History and Geography as preparation for white collar jobs.
The school also has notable achievements in the sporting arena which includes athletics, rugby, soccer, volleyball and netball which recorded wins in their respective fields.
Nadi College was the first school to introduced form seven examinations in the 1970s. The students at the school are well disciplined as they undergo cadet training which was introduced to the school in 1994.
School principal Ganeshwar Prasad believes education is a three legged stool where all parties need to exercise their roles effectively if the society needs to be educated.
With all the programmes implemented in the school, they hope their strategy will bring about brighter days to the school in the future.



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