Opinion

A school of second chance

Written By : Sun Fiji Newsroom. Most of us know the heart is an essential organ for survival, born with a heart problem Nanise Takape tells an inspirational story of
21 Jul 2008 12:00

image Written By : Sun Fiji Newsroom. Most of us know the heart is an essential organ for survival, born with a heart problem Nanise Takape tells an inspirational story of how she struggled to return back to school.
In 2003 upon hearing stories about the Matua programme from friends, at first Ms Takape did not like it, but later she was inspired by stories from Fiji Sun titled – MOTHER DUX OF SCHOOL, encouraged her to continue studies.
The 24-year-old lass, who hails from Natolau in Matuku, Lau had a heart operation in 1997 at Wakefield Hospital, Wellington in New Zealand.
“I was in class eight than and I was able to have the operation on my dad’s account who was a former soldier,” said Ms Takape
Just as she thought her worries were over, while in form 5 at Dudley High School she began phrase of depression at the beginning of 2001.
“I’m still taking my medication for the heart operation I had, along with the depression tablet.” she said.
During the time when she was depressed, her family, friends and youth groups were on frequent visits giving her the support she needed.
“My family and friends were very supportive, and I thank all the youths of the Assembly of God that took the time to help me during my times of need, was able to strengthen my spiritual ties with God” said Ms Takape
Her mum who was a retired school teacher supported the idea of continuing studies at the Matua programme.
“I was to start last year but my mum insisted for me to start this year,” she said.
She further stated that the programme was a great chance for those school leavers that wanted to continue where high school education.
“I wouldn’t encourage those who are already in high school to leave school and join Matua programme but those who has left high school based on personal reasons,” said Ms Takape
Compared to her high school days, Ms Takape said her attitude towards learning has improved in the sense that she is more considerate on time management.
“I use to ignore classes but coming back is just a whole new chapter of life for me and I intend to manage my time wisely especially during my studies,” she said
When asked about her plans for the future, Ms Takape plans to finish off form 7 level and further studies at the University of the South Pacific or Fiji Institute of Technology.
“I’ll have to complete this form six level than go on to form seven than hopefully further my studies at USP or FIT to become a Librarian,” said Ms Takape.




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