Proud mum grad­u­ates

‘It’s a new be­gin­ning for my fam­ily; life was so hard be­cause my hus­band was the only bread-win­ner’

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Proud mother of four, Wainikiti Bar­avi, was filled with ex­cite­ment af­ter grad­u­at­ing on Fri­day at the Fiji Tech­ni­cal Col­lege’s Dr Shaukat Ali Sahib Cam­pus in Nadi.

The 31-year-old Korolevu, Navosa woman was strate­gic in the way she rou­tinely jug­gled her stud­ies and do­mes­tic chores. “This marks a new be­gin­ning for my fam­ily; life was so hard be­cause my hus­band was the only bread-win­ner,” she said. “Grad­u­at­ing has finally opened the door to a job op­por­tu­nity for me to help my hus­band in rais­ing our young fam­ily.” Ms Bar­avi said there were chal­lenges dur­ing her study pro­gramme which she needed to tend to. “I have four chil­dren and some­times they are sick dur­ing ex­ams so I have to tell my teach­ers the prob­lem, but they helped me out a lot,” she said.

“The Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion’s speech has en­cour­aged me that this is not the end; we must al­ways strive for the best.

“I thank the teach­ers at Fiji Tech­ni­cal Col­lege and the Gov­ern­ment for pro­vid­ing this ini­tia­tive to help moth­ers like me re­alise their dreams,” she said. Her hus­band Ben­narr McPher­son said he was very proud of his wife grad­u­at­ing with a Na­tional Cer­tifi­cate in Cook­ery (Level II).

Photo: Li­tia Tiko­mailepanoni

Proud grad­u­ate Wainikiti Bar­avi (mid­dle), flanked by her mother Sain­imere Vivuga (left), and hus­band Ben­narr McPher­son and their daugh­ter.

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