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The Khan Sisters, A First For Yasawa

The Khan sisters at Naviti in Yasawa are said to be the first Indo-Fijian students to attend schools on the island.
07 Mar 2021 09:09
The Khan Sisters, A First For Yasawa
Adleena Khan and Avantika.

The Khan sisters at Naviti in Yasawa are said to be the first Indo-Fijian students to attend schools on the island.

Adleena Jessica Khan, a Year 10 student at Yasawa High School and Avantika Ishika Khan, a Year 8 student at Ratu Apenisa Memorial School moved with their parents, Keshni and Irshad Khan, to the island recently.

Ms Khan, a teacher at Ratu Apenisa Memorial School, said she wanted her children to experience what life was like for students in the maritime islands.

“We spent our Christmas and New Year on the island and we are enjoying ourselves,” she said.

“It is a different feeling altogether and my family is very fortunate to be welcomed by the villagers.

“I am also learning the Yasawa dialect slowly. The change of food is just amazing.”

Adleena, who lives on Marou Village, in Naviti, Yasawa has to take a 30-minute boat ride to Soso Village to see her family whenever she can.

Future plans 

Ms Khan said Adleena wants to complete her secondary education at Yasawa High School and has dreamt of becoming a Police officer. Avantika wants to be a pilot.

Yasawa High School principal, Jeremaia Lewaravu said the school welcomed Adleena and was more than happy to have her as the first Indo-Fijian student at the school.

Adleena was also inducted as the class prefect while Avantika was badged a school prefect.

Yasawa High School was established in 1974 and Ratu Apenisa Memorial School in 1969.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa 

Feedback: nicolette.chambers@fijisun.com.fj



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