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Wainiqolo’s Dream-Big Plans Earn Her Duke Of Edinburgh Global Award

Two students who left main stream school for Labasa School for Special Education have been awarded bronze medals for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Inter­national Award. One of the students, Selai
17 Nov 2018 10:59
Wainiqolo’s Dream-Big Plans Earn Her Duke Of Edinburgh Global Award
Labasa School For Special Education silver awardee Vishal Sami (left) and bronze awardee Selai Wainiqolo in Labasa on November 16, 2018. Photo: Shratika Naidu

Two students who left main stream school for Labasa School for Special Education have been awarded bronze medals for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Inter­national Award.

One of the students, Selai Wainiqolo, said she was proud to be the only one from her family to be recognised in the international award.

“When I finished Year Seven at Na­bekavu Primary School my parents were advised to send me to the only special school in Labasa because I don’t have good memory storage,” the 16-year-old of Nabekavu, La­basa said.

“This statement struck me. It has been four years since I am in this special school. However, I am very happy today to note that before the school year ends I managed to get a bronze award.”

The other student is Divek Gound­ar, also of Labasa School for Special Education.

The eldest of five siblings, aspir­ing to become a nurse, said she was not afraid to dream big.

Meanwhile, Vishal Sami who was among 21 students to receive the silver award said he left Year Eight at Gurunanak Primary School in Labasa because he was told he had low IQ.

“My father, Vijay Sami who was then a labourer at Fiji Sugar Cor­poration Labasa mill moved me to this special school to join auto­motive engineering classes,” the 18-year-old of Siberia, Labasa said.

“I was very embarrassed at the be­ginning.

“However, after attaining this life skill award I feel confident and will try to become a mechanic soon.”

There were 23 awardees. Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (DEIA) Fiji national board mem­ber Doctor Sitiveni Yanuyanutawa encouraged them to think positive and never be afraid to take risks.

About the award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (commonly abbreviated DofE), is a youth awards programme founded in the United Kingdom in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, that has since expanded to 144 na­tions.

The awards recognise adolescents and young adults for completing a series of self-improvement exer­cises modelled on Kurt Hahn’s solu­tion to the “Six Declines of Modern Youth”.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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