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Tilak The Result Of Sacrifice And Dedication

There is no shadow of a doubt that the dreams and aspirations of our forefathers is here in front of us, said Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy. “What started as
24 Jun 2017 17:59
Tilak The Result Of Sacrifice And Dedication
Guests during the Tilak Day celebrations at Tilak High School in Lautoka on June 23, 2017. Photo: Shahani Mala

There is no shadow of a doubt that the dreams and aspirations of our forefathers is here in front of us, said Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy.

“What started as a vision of a few people has today developed into one of the most promising secondary schools of this nation.

“The mooting of an idea to have another secondary school in Lautoka due to an increased population came about in 1955 when a group of people realised that the only Government-school – Natabua High School could not cater for the growing educational needs of Lautoka,” he said.

Mr Reddy said this during Tilak Day celebrations at the Tilak High School in Lautoka, yesterday.

“We must realise that this was well before we became independent. After a lot of hardship and dedication of some prominent people the school was moved here, at this location in 1958.

“Since then this institution has not looked back in terms of development, now establishing itself as one of the largest Secondary Schools in Fiji,” he said.

Mr Reddy said he understands that the Bhartiya Mitra Mandali, the pioneers who established the school, were enthused by the practical idealisms of Lokamanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak and so named this school ‘Tilak High School’.

“Gangadhar Tilak was an Indian nationalist, teacher, social reformer, lawyer and an independence activist born in India.

“I intend to go back to the past and bring to light a very important aspect of human life that has been deeply planted in our societies in Fiji.

“This aspect is that of the importance of education. People in Fiji even during the Colonial Days realised that education was extremely important for progress.

“The first few schools that were set up in Fiji were for Europeans. However, this did not deter the different ethnic groups in Fiji to continue their pursuance of schools for their own children,” he said.

Mr Reddy said this was the beauty of their passion and commitment for education.

“They raised funds and gave their personal savings to construct schools because they saw that the future of our nation could only become solid if the children get educated.

“All different ethnic communities have given so much to education in Fiji and we are all products of that,” he said.

Various schools from Lautoka were part of this celebration. The students also took part in fun and educational activities.

Mr Reddy also launched the Tilak High School’s pledge to COP23.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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