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Founder Passes Away

Mr. Frank Hilton, known as the “Father of Special Education in Fiji” passed away peacefully yesterday at the age of 98. Granddad or Momo as he was fondly referred to,
03 Jan 2019 16:18
Founder Passes Away
Founder of the Frank Hilton Organization, Frank Hilton is pictured with the Minister of Women, Mereseini Vuniwaqa.

Mr. Frank Hilton, known as the “Father of Special Education in Fiji” passed away peacefully yesterday at the age of 98.

Granddad or Momo as he was fondly referred to, arrived in Fiji on the 1st of April 1967 on a secondment to the Fiji Education Department as Head Teacher of the Suva Crippled Children’s School now known as the Hilton Special School, under the Commonwealth Cooperation on Education Scheme. From then on he worked tirelessly to support children with disabilities and ensure they receive appropriate services and education in an effort to promote independence and acceptance in the community.

Mr. Hilton was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) as well as the Fiji Honours – Order of Fiji Companion (CF) for the work he did in Fiji and the South Pacific. He left a legacy in the framework he created to support children with disability in Fiji. His work is carried on by the Frank Hilton Organization, formally known as the Fiji Crippled Children’s Society Suva Branch. He was a man ahead of his time and a visionary whose influence can be seen even today in many organizations working in the disability development sector.

“As long as our doors stay open, we pledge to work towards supporting children with disabilities as Frank would have wanted us to. My team and I will aim to embody his personal traits of humility and selflessness in the work we do. He was a charismatic leader who inspired many and we are honoured to have worked with him.” – Sureni Perera Chief Executive Officer, Frank Hilton Organization.

Funeral arrangements will be notified later.

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