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From Koro To Australia

  Smart outspoken village boy Penisimasi Koroi was the only student chosen from the whole Lomaiviti Province to attend the 2016 Australian Jamboree. He’s a member of Scouts Association of
18 Jan 2016 09:30
From Koro To Australia
Penisimani Koroi during their welcoming ceremony at the Fiji Scouts Association at Holland street in Toorak.Photo Luisa Qiolevu

 

Smart outspoken village boy Penisimasi Koroi was the only student chosen from the whole Lomaiviti Province to attend the 2016 Australian Jamboree.

He’s a member of Scouts Association of Fiji and one of the 17 students who represented Fiji to the 2016 Australian Jamboree at Cataract Park in New South Wales from January 3 to 14.

The 13-year-old is originally from Mudu Village in Koro Island and will be in Year Nine this year and will attend Nakodu, Mudu Primary School

The second youngest of four siblings was raised by his mother after his father died in 2008 when he was five-years-old.

“This is my first experience abroad but my second experience on an airplane; my first time on board a plane was when I left Koro Island to come to Suva and then to Australia.

“I never dreamed of going abroad but when I had the chance to go to Australia, I just thanked God for letting it happen.

“My mother has been very supportive of my trip and also my uncle Saimoni Koroiadi,” he continued.

He said being away from his island and going to a totally new place was a very exciting experience for him and this has encouraged him to do better in school so he sould visit Australia again.

Penisimasi considered the trip very educational.

“I have learned a lot like how to survive in remote areas and most of all making the right choices and to live a disciplined life.

“We even made friends with other Pacific island children during those two weeks of camp.”

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

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