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Doughty Sets Example For Family

  New graduate Asenaca Doughty was the toast of her family yesterday. The eldest of nine siblings from a humble family in Nasolo Village, Ba, is the first in the
07 Dec 2018 10:00
Doughty Sets Example For Family
Asenaca Doughty (middle) with family (from left) sisters, Bibe Doughty and Mere Rodroke, grandmother, Bulou Rovoiloa, Lainiana Eve and Reijieli Doughty (youngest sister), mother, Sera Doughty, Father, Richard Doughty and Aunty, Asenaca Delaibatki at the graduation ceremony of the College of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (CAFF) and National Training and Productivity Center (NTPC) at FMF Gymnasium, Suva yesterday. Photo: Swashna Chand

 

New graduate Asenaca Doughty was the toast of her family yesterday.

The eldest of nine siblings from a humble family in Nasolo Village, Ba, is the first in the family to earn a university degree.

Ms Doughty was one of the students who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Science at the College of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (CAFF) and National Training and Productivity Centre (NTPC) graduation at the FMF Gymnasium, Suva.

She said it had been a long hard road coming from a big family.

She said that she took up Agriculture Science because her father was the only breadwinner.

“My big family is poor. Feeding all the nine children is difficult. I decided to take up agriculture to make use of the land back home,” she said.

She said whenever she used to run out of money, her friends used to help her.

“My friends used to lend me money. I used to return the money when my parents were able to send me money,” she said.

Ms Doughty said that she was excited completing the three-year course.

“I was on the TELS scheme which I am very thankful for. Without TELS it would have been impossible for me to study on my own and complete the programme,” she said.

Ms Doughty said that she would like to thank God for giving her courage to take up Agriculture Science.

She dedicates her success to her late grandfather who died in 2013 and to her entire family.

“I learned during the course of my study that success comes after hard work and sacrifice,” she said.

“I was conscious all the time that as eldest in the family, I had an important responsibility to set a good example for my siblings. I had to be a role model. I hope today I am able to inspire them to strive for excellence in education.

“Education is so important today. It opens doors to opportunities in life, jobs, security and travel. Most importantly for us as family, it will lift us away from poverty.”

Edited by Losirene Lacanivalu

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