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Students Urged To Move Forward

Koro Island High School students were yesterday commended by Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar for their resilience to overcome struggles brought about after Tropical Cyclone Winston. Ms
08 Oct 2016 11:00
Students Urged To Move Forward
Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar with prize getters of Koro Island High School. Photo: Ministry of Health and Medical Services

Koro Island High School students were yesterday commended by Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar for their resilience to overcome struggles brought about after Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Ms Akbar made the acknowledgement while speaking as chief guest at the school’s Annual Prize giving ceremony at the school ground in Nasau.

For most students of the school, the toils of living in make shift tents and food shortages are a part of the realities they face daily.

“If you can conquer or go through the struggles that you went through over the past eight months, you are truly on your way to be successful in life and you know how to overcome struggles,” Ms Akbar told the students.

“If I say I understand what you’ve gone through, I might be lying. Nobody can understand what you have through as your island was one of the most devastated areas.

“All we saw was aerial photographs, news coverage but what you went through, only you and God knows what you went through.”

Ms Akbar however urged the students to move forward in a positive manner.

“Keep smiling. God is always there looking out for us and that is one faith that we shouldn’t let waiver. We need to have that faith to keep moving on,” she said.

School principal Paula Vuniwaqa said: “We are so happy that the minister visited today even though the conditions of our school is as such. This shows us that the Government still cares about us and she is a representative of the Government.”

He said if the students withstood the test of mother nature, they would also excel in the external examinations in the coming weeks.

The school, which is the only high school on the island, currently has a total roll of over 120 students.

Ms Akbar, who was a teacher prior to 2014, was invited to be the chief guest at Koro in which she gladly accepted.

 

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