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Silika Proud Of Grandmother

Silika Manulevu, 13, could not hold back her tears last Friday when she proudly stood next to her grandmother, Torika Manulevu, while being inducted as the headgirl of Dilkusha Girls
14 Feb 2016 10:51
Silika Proud Of Grandmother
From left Reverend Anil Reuben, Dilkusha Girls School headgirl Silika Manulevu and grandmother Torika Manulevu.

Silika Manulevu, 13, could not hold back her tears last Friday when she proudly stood next to her grandmother, Torika Manulevu, while being inducted as the headgirl of Dilkusha Girls School.

Reverend Anil Reuben of the Methodist Church in Fiji was tasked to badge Silika and her two deputies, Catherine Mahi Singh and Adi Lewasau Ruci Neomai.

The Year Eight student was brought up by her grandparents since she was a year old.

Her mother, Laisa Manuel, had to return to work in Nadi.

She has never seen or met her father.

Her grandparents are her world.

“I am so fortunate to be raised by my grandparents. They’ve taught me the importance of good moral values and instilled Christian principles in my life,” Silika said.

Silika has been an award-recipient at every prizegiving ceremony since she was in Year One.

Grandmother Mrs Manulevu, 69, of Waivunia Village in Savusavu, was grateful to God for the strength to raise Silika.

“When she started school we emphasised to her the importance of helping other students as she was very bright. I always packed a lot of food for her lunch so she can share with those who have less,” she said.

Her grandfather, former secondary school teacher Peni Manulevu, takes her to school by bus every day.  After school, he waits for Silika for the bus-ride home to Nabua.

He has even said he would continue the routine until Silika was in Year 13.

Meanwhile, speaking from Labasa last night, her mother Ms Manuel said she was proud of her daughter’s achievement. “Even though I was not there physically, I am there in spirit and I’m just so proud of Silika and thankful to my parents for all they have sacrificed for her.”

Dilkusha Girls School was established in 1906 with six orphan girls as the first students. The school roll now stands at 956.



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