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Entrepreneur: An Educated Society Is An Understanding, Accepting Society

“It gives you understanding of yourself and the confidence necessary to overcome obstacles and build a path towards a future you want.
21 Apr 2019 10:00
Entrepreneur: An Educated Society Is An Understanding, Accepting Society
Canadian entrepreneur Raghwa Gopal who was the chief guest at the 92nd TISI Sangam convention in Lautoka is welcomed by members on April 19, 20, 2019.

Education is the key to get out of poverty, says a former Fiji resident who is now an entrepreneur in Canada, Raghwa Gopal.

“No matter your station in life, the education you earn is the one thing no one can take away from you and it also creates opportunity,” he said.

“Regardless of what you decide to study – medicine, law, the arts, trade, etc – the skills, the understanding, the values and the work ethic you come away with is enough to build a foundation you can create a worthy life from.

“It gives you understanding of yourself and the confidence necessary to overcome obstacles and build a path towards a future you want.

“An educated society is an understanding and accepting society.”

Mr Gopal made the comments while opening the Then India Sanmarga Ikya (TISI) Sangam’s 92nd Convention at Churchill Park in Lautoka on Friday.

The theme of the convention is “Preserving Culture and Values in Strengthening Education”.

“The foundation of every country is the education of its youth. Education is a tool for development of the individual, community or the nation,” said Mr Gopal.

“It is the foundation for our future. It is empowerment to make choices that emboldens the youth to chase their dreams.

“Education is our best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere.”

Mr Gopal said the two biggest challenges the society would face over the next 50 years were climate change and digital divide.

“And who better will be equipped to deal with both these humungous issues that our society faces today and will continue to face for the next foreseeable future – it’s the youth of today,” he said.

“Youths will be the world changers.

“Every kid from every background, from every gender, from every socio-economic environment, when properly focused and stimulated has the capacity to be creative to solve the most complex of the world problems.

“It’s universally true that the youth will rise to the occasion.

Let’s invest in our youth, give them the opportunity to work with serious adults, the real role models and they will follow – and they will make the change.

“You cannot let a fear of failure or a fear of comparison or the fear of judgment stops you from doing the things that will make you great. You cannot succeed without the risk of failure.

“You cannot have a voice without the risk of criticism. You must take these risks,” said Mr Gopal.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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