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Naomi Gets Standing Ovation In Parliament

The Ra lass said she was proud to be sitting among leaders of the nation   Naomi Lewakita will go down in history as the visually-impaired girl who was  given
13 Sep 2016 10:58
Naomi Gets  Standing  Ovation In Parliament
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama greets the Fiji School of the Blind student Naomi Lewakita,11 while her mother Neini Nasalato and her father Kilioni Nasalato looks on.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

The Ra lass said she was proud to be sitting among leaders of the nation

 

Naomi Lewakita will go down in history as the visually-impaired girl who was  given a standing ovation by members of Parliament, officials and guests at the opening 2016-2017 Parliament session.

Naomi and her family were sent an invitation at their home in Caubati by the President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote for the occasion in Parliament yesterday.

The 11-year-old Fiji School of the Blind pupil was one of the students who read out part of the 2013 Constitution’s preamble in Braille at the first Constitution Day last week.

When the President mentioned her name in his speech, she stood up and was given the accord by those in Parliament.

He said: “It was a wonderful privilege for me as President – at our first Constitution Day celebration last Wednesday – to hear Naomi Lewakita from the Fiji School for the Blind read out the Rights of the Disabled from the braille version of the Constitution.

“It was easily the most inspiring moment of a very inspiring day. So much so that I have asked Naomi to be with us in the chamber today. And to receive the acclaim she so richly deserves for making us all so very proud.”

The Ra lass said she was proud to be sitting among leaders of the nation.

“I just want to be like them someday and I know there is nothing that is going to stop a person who works hard towards achieving their dreams,” she said.

Her mother, 45-year-old Neini Nasalato said if it wasn’t for Naomi they would haven’t been part of the opening 2016-2017 Parliament session.

She said they were proud to be among prominent people.

“It was emotional for my husband and I.

“We are able to be here today because of Naomi, for that I want to thank the Government for having a heart for children with special needs like our daughter.

“People were always passing remarks on Naomi and sometimes I can feel that people usually discriminate her because of the situation she is in but today should be a reminder to people that any normal person can make a change in our society, so as Naomi.”

The Qamea, mother said, she was always proud of Naomi despite being visual-impaired.

“I always take her everywhere I go and I am never ashamed to tell everybody that Naomi is my daughter.

“She is my pride and a very obedient young girl, a role model to her siblings and peers.

“Before, there was hardly any person with disabilities invited to attend any State function such as this, they were usually left behind in everything that was happening around them but this Government has changed everything,” Mrs Nasalato said.

Naomi’s father, Kilioni Nasalato said: “The opportunity will motivate our daughter to become someone greater in life despite the situation she is in.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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