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Duvaga Overcomes Challenges During Study

Jackie Duvaga is a step closer to achieving her dreams of one day owning a painting company. This is after she graduated with a Certificate III in Painting and Decoration
11 Jun 2016 12:14
Duvaga Overcomes  Challenges During Study
Jackie Duvaga with her dad Epeli Duvaga after her graduation yesterday. Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI.

Jackie Duvaga is a step closer to achieving her dreams of one day owning a painting company.

This is after she graduated with a Certificate III in Painting and Decoration from the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) at the Australia Pacific Lecture Theatre in the University of the South Pacific’s Laucala Campus yesterday.

The modest 24-year-old said her determination and hard work managed to overcome challenges posed during her study.

“Being in this field, I have experienced a lot, especially studying in a male dominated field. It was also a huge challenge,” she said.

Ms Duvaga also had to overcome certain family challenges, one of which was her parent’s separation which did not deter her stamina in pursuing further studies.

“I always told myself that I can do it. Anything I’ve put my mind to, I can achieve it. Any difficulties that come across, I have to overcome it,” she said.

She decided to pursue studies at APTC after her cousin, who is also an alumnus of the school, encouraged her to pursue a Certificate III in Painting and Decoration.

Ms Duivaga, while giving the graduate address at the ceremony, said her personal experience at APTC had been fulfilling and helped developed her skill.

“We are blessed to have been given a chance to study in this institution which has brought us together regardless of race, gender and background.

“APTC has shown me that gender is not a barrier and where there is will there is always a way. With aims of having my own painting company one day. Thank you APTC for making this dream more possible,” she said.

She also thanked the Australian government for sponsoring her studies through Australian Aid and for allowing her to gain an internationally recognised qualification.

Ms Duivaga’s qualification will enable her to do architectural painting which involves the internal or external painting of domestic homes with further areas of specialisation in the commercial and industrial sectors.

 

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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