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‘Failure is Not The End’

Monfort’s Joji shows what can happen when you don’t give up  Life seemed down for Joji Lagidamudamu, 20, after failing his Fiji School Leaving Certificate (FSLC) in 2012. But this
22 Nov 2015 10:05
‘Failure is Not The End’
The graduate students of Montfort Boy's Town with their prizes after the annual prize giving at the school yesterday. pic.....RAMA

Monfort’s Joji shows what can happen when you don’t give up 

Life seemed down for Joji Lagidamudamu, 20, after failing his Fiji School Leaving Certificate (FSLC) in 2012.

But this did not deter him from pursuing further education. He defied all odds and yesterday received the Dux Award during the Montfort Boys Town Graduation.

He enrolled in the Automotive Engineering and Panel Beating course at Monfort Boys Town in 2013 after failing his Year 12 exam (FSLC) at Cathedral Secondary School.

“When I came to know that I failed my FSLC examination, I was really shocked. It was really saddening and thought my future was nowhere.”

He said he became disheartened and could not think about his future.

“I thought that would be end for my future,” Joji said. But then he went to Monfort and bounched back.

With hardwork and determination, Joji said he was able to cope with his studies and excel enabling him to achieve the Dux Award.

“I am speechless and feeling really proud after receiving the Dux Award. It’s been a long journey for me at Montfort Boys Town and my struggle has finally paid off,” he said.

Joji thanked the Lord for giving him the strength to become something in life and his parents for their support.

“Montfort is a good place for studies. The staff here do not only provide the course you want to do but other things as well,” Joji said.

He advised the students not to give up if they have failed their exams because there were many options available for them to succeed in their life.

Joji’s proud mother, Asena Lagidamudamu said: “I am so excited and it’s a proud moment for me  seeing my son receiving the Dux Award.”

Mrs Lagidamudamu said they really missed their son while he was studying at  Montfort Boys Town for  three years, but now the family would finally be reunited after Joji’s graduation.

“We have always supported, Joji and the family will always continue to support him,” Mrs Lagidamudamu said.

Joji plans to get employed and gain work experience and also to return to Year 12 and complete his studies.

Meanwhile, chief guest at the graduation Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts,  Mahendra Reddy, thanked the leaders of the school and the teachers who had contributed towards ensuring the students’ dreams came true.

“I want to thank the parents for supporting their children and putting their children in the dormitory here so that they to get formal award qualification, gain knowledge in a particular trade area so that they can also have a decent living.”

Mr Reddy said this should not be the end for them and there were opportunities ahead both in labour market as well as the higher education sector.

He also congratulated the students for their hard work and look forward to their contribution towards the nation.

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