Look At My Abil­ity Theme For North

Fiji Sun - - Suncity - SHRATIKA NAIDU shratikan@fi­jisun.com.fj

Look at our abil­ity and not our dis­abil­ity. This was the slo­gan re­peat­edly high­lighted by chief guest Am­bika Raj dur­ing the North­cose sports com­pe­ti­tion at Labasa School for Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion in Labasa yes­ter­day. Mr Raj, who is the for­mer head­teacher of the Labasa School for Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion, said the theme of the North­cose was ‘my abil­ity counts’. “God cre­ated hu­mans in such a way that he gave the abil­ity to ev­ery in­di­vid­ual to do some­thing,” Mr Raj said. “There­fore, we should not judge stu­dents with dis­abil­ity.

“In­stead, look at their abil­ity and en­cour­age them by say­ing that the sky is the limit. “Look at our As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Youth and Sports Iliesa De­lana. “He is a liv­ing tes­ti­mony and a good ex­am­ple for all of us.” North­cose pres­i­dent Teang Aisea said four schools from Labasa and three schools from Savusavu par­tic­i­pated in this one-day com­pe­ti­tion. The schools were Kama Dis­trict School, Labasa Pri­mary, Saint Mary’s Pri­mary School, Holy Fam­ily Pri­mary School, Kasavu Pri­mary School, Savusavu Spe­cial School and Labasa School for Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion. “This year we had the in­clu­sion of schools from main­stream par­tic­i­pat­ing in the in­clu­sive games,” Ms Aisea said. “The aim of North­cose is to pro­mote eq­uity in sports and cre­ate ex­po­sure for stu­dents, also to cre­ate aware­ness to the pub­lic that stu­dents with dis­abil­ity ex­ists and they should be given the op­por­tu­nity to purse what­ever they want.” She thanked McDon­ald’s for be­ing the ma­jor spon­sor and she also thanked Good­man Fielder for pro­vid­ing re­fresh­ment. Mean­while, Maraia Tay­lor, a stu­dent of Savusavu Spe­cial School said she was ex­cited to meet new stu­dents and play dif­fer­ent games. “I am very thank­ful to my mum for bring­ing me from Savusavu to Labasa to par­tic­i­pate in the North­cose,” the 12-year-old said. Maraia is a stu­dent suf­fer­ing with Down syn­drome. The Fiji Sun saw her danc­ing with the stu­dents and play­ing a bulls­eye game. Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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