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It’s Never Too Late To Learn, says Adi Taufa

Young daughter drives mother to revisit career in engineering. The saying education has no limit rings true for Adi Taufa Lalabalavu. The mother of a three-year-old is back in university,
24 Feb 2018 15:07
It’s Never Too Late To Learn, says Adi Taufa
Adi Taufa Lalabalavu with her daughter Teuila Ofa. Photo: Selita Bolanavanua

Young daughter drives mother to revisit career in engineering.

The saying education has no limit rings true for Adi Taufa Lalabalavu.

The mother of a three-year-old is back in university, thanks to the Tertiary Education and Loans Scheme (TELS).

Adi Taufa, 22, was grateful that TELS gave her another chance to complete her Trade Diploma in Electronic Engi­neering at the Fiji National University (FNU).

Adi Taufa, originally of Somosomo, Taveuni, was enrolled in the Trade Diploma course in 2014 and fell pregnant.

She got married in 2015.

Adi Taufa took a break from 2015 to spend time with her daughter before she resumed her university studies.

She felt fortunate to be given another chance by TELS and the sight of her daughter is the driving force.

“After I gave birth, I had to discontinue my education to look after my daughter,” she said.

“My husband was very supportive towards us and I am grateful to him. It was my good fortune that when I wanted to continue with my Trade Diploma, my husband took care of the baby and even more grateful to TELS for giving me another chance to build my career.

“I did not expect to be given another chance.

She said TELS had catered for her allowances in travelling, books and academic requirements along with fees so she could be financially secure for her education.

She said the TELS programme had not only given her but many other students a chance to go back to University and study.

“I believe that TELS is better than the multi-ethnic schol­arships that we used to have in Fiji,” she said.

“TELS does not divide any individual into groups through ethnic backgrounds but sees the capabilities and gives op­portunities for everyone to study further.”

She is encouraging other mothers who ended their educa­tion because of marriage or other reasons to go back and pursue their careers.

She said it was never too late to start again and build a bet­ter future for the family.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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