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Yasawa Duo Live Their Dream

From the seas of Yasawa to the highlands of Sigatoka, Apisai Tavutu, 21, and 29-year-old Tomasi Bulivakarua could not wipe the smile off their faces as they graduated, yesterday. The
12 Dec 2014 09:59
Yasawa Duo Live Their Dream
Tomasi Bulivakarua (garlanded), with Apisai Tavutu beside him surrounded by relatives who travelled all the way from Yasawa to be at their graduation in Sigatoka, yesterday. Photo: Varanisese Nasilasila

From the seas of Yasawa to the highlands of Sigatoka, Apisai Tavutu, 21, and 29-year-old Tomasi Bulivakarua could not wipe the smile off their faces as they graduated, yesterday.

The duo, who are closely related left their homeland to seek further education on mainland.

Mr Tavutu had joined Nasau Youth Training Centre 10 months ago and was eager to begin his journey in the field of carpentry.

“I did not imagine that I would end up in this institution after completing my Form Six studies. I had gone to the University of the South Pacific for foundation studies.

“Because of some financial difficulties I had to pull out from university and since then I was just roaming around not sure where I was heading till one day I went to the Ministry of Youth and Sports to ask for assistance and they had recommended this training centre,” he said.

Mr Tavutu said after receiving his certificate he was eager to further his studies.

“Now that I have a certificate in Class 3 Carpentry I will look for employment and at the same time further my studies so that I could be better equipped,” he said.

Meanwhile Mr Bulivakarua, who came in for the last five months, was eager to return home and begin with his commercial farming.

“When I first came here I did not think I was going to graduate but I kept remaining positive and I am very happy with what I have achieved.

“I did not have a proper school background but I tried my best to learn things and with what I have learnt from this institution I will surely take with me back home and share it with my peers,” he said.

Ministry for Youth and Sports Permanent Secretary, Josefa Sania urged all graduates to earn their livelihood through what they have learnt.

“These skills are life-skills; they intended to build your capacity as an individual to help you earn your livelihood.

“I urge you all as your return to your various rural villages and appreciate our rural resources and maximise on the opportunities available,” he said.

Total of thirty graduates graduated; 17 from the Carpentry Trainees and 13 from the Agriculture studies.

Feedback: varanisese.nasilasila@fijisun.com.fj

 



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