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Sacrifice Pays Off for Mum Maria

Mother juggles family time to pass with honours A mother’s sacrifice to walk at least a kilometre from Calia, Navua to go to school finally paid off yesterday. This is after
19 Nov 2015 10:30
Sacrifice Pays Off  for Mum Maria
Maria Marama with her two daughters, Adi Kelera Ratawake (left) and Elizabeth Ratawake (right) after the Corpus Christi College graduation at the civic centre in Suva yesterday. Photo: AQELA SUSU

Mother juggles family time to pass with honours

A mother’s sacrifice to walk at least a kilometre from Calia, Navua to go to school finally paid off yesterday.

This is after Maria Marama, 35, graduated from Corpus Christi Teachers College in Suva after completing her three-year teaching course.

She could not hide her excitement when she received her Diploma.

Mrs Marama described her three years at the institute as one of the most challenging.

She started off at the University of the South Pacific in 2010 as a foundation student. She stayed home for two years before deciding to return to school in 2012.

“I travel all the way from Navua every morning. I wake up at 4am to prepare my three children’s school lunch before I leave home for school at 6am,” she said.

She walks from her home to the Queens Road to catch the bus to school.

“At 4pm after school I have to hurry back home to cook my family’s dinner. I also had to balance my schoolwork with my family and it was indeed hard and challenging.”

She feels fortunate and thankful for her family and spiritual support.

Thirty-six students graduated with honours from the college.

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