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Blindness Fails To Deter Vukevuke From Studies

Originally from Nadivakarua Village, Kubulau, Bua, it was always Mr Vukevuke’s dream to become a music teacher.
03 May 2019 17:25
Blindness Fails To Deter Vukevuke From Studies
Iosefo Romulo Vukevuke with his Certificate IV in Music from the Fiji National University on May 1, 2019. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Being partially-blind did not stop 38-year-old, Iosefo Romulo Vukevuke, from graduating with a Certificate IV in Music from the Fiji National University on Wednesday.

Originally from Nadivakarua Village, Kubulau, Bua, it was al­ways Mr Vukevuke’s dream to be­come a music teacher.

“This is a proud moment for me and for my family because I did not let the challenges get the best of me while studying to complete my certificate,” he said.

Mr Vukevuke admitted to fac­ing many challenges in school, but said he’s always believed that nothing is impossible.

“I faced a lot of challenges, but I always found a way to tackle them,” he said.

“Getting around school was a challenge because of my blindness and some of the teaching methods, but that did not stop me from con­tinuing my interest in studies. I had to adjust and seek assistance.”

Mr Vukevuke is married and currently doing his Diploma in Education at the University of the South Pacific and is under the Tertiary Education Loans Scheme (TELS).

The Bua native looks forward to becoming a primary school teach­er and encourages people not to give up on their dreams.

“Education is an important tool for our life and we should take it seriously.”

In his spare time, Mr Vukevuke often performs with bands at events such as weddings.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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