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APTC Graduates Ready For Future Challenges

The sacrifice of leaving their children and family to study overseas has finally paid off for Serafina Marama and Sereana Mulo. The duo, who spent six months in Vanuatu, graduated
11 Jun 2016 13:43
APTC Graduates Ready For Future Challenges
Graduates from APTC celebrate. Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI.

The sacrifice of leaving their children and family to study overseas has finally paid off for Serafina Marama and Sereana Mulo.

The duo, who spent six months in Vanuatu, graduated from the from the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) at the Australia Pacific Lecture Theatre in the University of the South Pacific’s Laucala Campus yesterday.

For Ms Mulo, leaving her two daughters behind with her family was not an easy task.

Her passion to work with young people gave her the urge to pursue her studies and graduate with a Certificate IV in Youth Work.

“I have been working with youths for more than seven years at Pacific Students for Christ. It’s a Christian organisation which is also involved in Christian fellowship groups in secondary schools and tertiary schools,” she said.

Her involvement in giving back to her community after Cyclone Winston also gave the opportunity to be elected as president of their youth group in Naiserelagi Village in Saivou, Ra.

“I feel there is an increase in drug abuse, rape and a lot of things that is happening in society which I aim to now tackle also within my community.”

She said her main aim as a leader was to help youths become better people before engaging in major projects in raising funds to support her community.

“I want to spread zero-tolerance on these issues, get it down to the ground level before looking at other bigger projects in the community,” she said.

Ms Marama, who graduated with a Certificate III in Tourism, said she was thankful to the Australian government for the scholarship which enabled her to further her tourism studies.

“Tourism is a strong industry and is earning a lot of money for Fiji,” she said.

“I thank my husband and my children for their understanding while I went to Vanuatu to complete my studies.

“My husband managed to look after my five children and I thank him for his support,” she said.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

 

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