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Taniela Benaca Badged As Christian Mission Fellowship College Head Prefect

Life was not always a smooth ride for the sixteen-year-old, Taniela Benaca who had to transition from a rural school in Bau into a secondary school in Suva.
13 Feb 2020 14:38
Taniela Benaca Badged As Christian Mission Fellowship College Head Prefect
Christian Mission Fellowship College head girl Esther Fifita and head boy Taniela Benaca. Photo: Jennis Naidu

This is just the beginning for the head boy of Christian Mission Fellowship College (CMFC) who aspires to be an aircraft engineer.

Life was not always a smooth ride for the sixteen-year-old, Taniela Benaca who had to transition from a rural school in Bau into a secondary school in Suva.

“I was the smallest boy in class, it was a little difficult to cope since I came from a village school. Coming to an urban area was a bit of a culture shock for me,” he said.

Former teacher and proud mum Inieta Benaca said for her son, the transition was difficult.

“He went through the early years of his education in a rural school because we- his parents both taught in rural schools, he just had to come to secondary school when we came to Suva,” she said.

Mrs Benaca, who is from Taveuni, said that language was also a barrier and challenge for Taniela but she was glad, he overcame it.

“In rural schools, they converse in iTaukei most of the time, I can say that he had a culture shock when he came, as everyone spoke in English.

“It made us proud that he picked it up in no time,” she said.

Head girl, Esther Fifita said without the support of her family, this day would not have been possible.

“I would like to dedicate this to my mum and dad who have been there for me throughout, especially to the Lord Almighty, my grandmother and my uncle, ” she said,

Sixteen-year-old, with paternal links to Lau, said that it was her father’s dream for her to be a pilot and she will work hard to make it happen for him.

She wishes to carry on the leadership duties from the previous years and uphold the rules to the best of her abilities.

A total of 58 students were badged prefects at Christian Mission Fellowship College yesterday.

Edited by Selita Bolanavanua

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