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Tourists help Yasawa students

Yasawa High School students are among Fijians reaping the benefits of Government’s rural development programmes and improvement in the tourism industry. Yesterday 15 of their students made up of Year
08 Aug 2015 11:40
Tourists help  Yasawa students
Students of Yasawa Secondary School attended the USP Open Day for the first time yesterday. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

Yasawa High School students are among Fijians reaping the benefits of Government’s rural development programmes and improvement in the tourism industry.

Yesterday 15 of their students made up of Year 12 and 13 children, visited the University of the South Pacific (USP) Open Day in Suva.

Their trip to the capital was funded by tourists; from money donated every Thursday by tourists who visit the school while holidaying in the Yasawa Group.

School assistant principal Alifereti Nasila said this was the first time for students of their school to attend the USP Open Day.

“The students were chosen according to their marks. The Open Day was a reward for their achievements,” Mr Nasila said.

“It’s an opportunity for the students. Getting out of the islands and coming this far is a stepping stone for them.

“It’s a milestone for them to see the reality of what they usually hear about when they are in the islands, especially studying in that kind of environment,” he said.

He said while information gathering through the internet was always difficult in Yasawa, visiting the Open Day exposed the students to doors of opportunities for their future.

“Exposure is much-needed for them because they live in remote islands. The school managed to fund their trip from the money they usually get from hosting tourists every Thursday. That is how we came over. We have access free of charge on the Yasawa Flyer, so they give passes to students, especially in the fields like education and sports,” Mr Nasila said.

Yasawa Flyer owner South Sea Cruises Limited has a programme called ‘Vinaka Fiji’ which includes tourists helping in development projects and education in Yasawa.

Meanwhile, the Open Day chief guest, Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Jioji Konrote said information gathered during the event would assist students in their decision-making.

“This Open Day is very important for aspiring university students because it is your introduction to what a university environment and life will look like,” Mr Konrote said.

“As Minister of Employment, I would like to further stress a strong link between good quality education and employability.

“The Government has seen that in general, people with higher-level of education have better job prospects.”

Mr Konrote said Government recognised the need to create a smarter Fiji.

“In this regard, it is very focused on achieving one of its targeted outcomes of creating Fiji as a knowledge-based society,” he said.

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