President talks unity at Yat Sen 80/30
Konrote urges people to continue to promote Government’s vision of one nation and one people
Our young and developing nation will be the ultimate winner if we continue to promote Government’s vision of one nation and one people, says President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote. Mr Konrote was speaking at the Yat Sen School gala night at the school hall in Flagstaff, Suva, on Saturday. He was the chief guest with his wife, to mark the ending of its week-long 80/30 anniversary celebrations. The anniversary celebration, with the theme “Celebrating Our Past, Embracing Our Future, Fanning Educational Excellence”, commemorated 80 years since the establishment of its primary school and 30 years of its secondary school. Mr Konrote acknowledged the vision for Yat Sen School to open their doors to all ethnic communities in Fiji. “This initiative may have been introduced several decades ago, but it is yet again another very good example of what Fiji wants and must continue do. That is to inculcate a greater sense of true friendship, patriotism and lasting unity among Fiji’s multi-ethnic communities,” he said. “The new Fiji that we are building is one of unfettered national unity where our children, grandchildren and future generations know only of one human race, and how to respect and care for each other.” Mr Konrote said his family was fortunate to have been associated with the schools through his two sons who were now both commercial pilots.
“I like to think that they are able to successfully progress with their careers because of the solid academic foundation they received as students of Yat Sen,” he said. Mr Konrote acknowledged the founders of Yat Sen School, the Chinese Education Society and commended the teachers, management, parents and the present student body. “I acknowledge and thank all past and present teachers, head teachers and principals who have and continue to add significant value to the quality of education and for inspiring the students to always reach for great heights,” he said. “These have undoubtedly contributed to the quality of life for the students and their respective families.” Chinese Ambassador to Fiji Zhang Ping, who also attended the event, congratulated the school for its 80/30 anniversary celebrations. He said for the school to reach a milestone of 80 years was a remarkable achievement which took years of effort, courage and perseverance. The gala night was well attended by Yat Sen School students, parents, teachers, friends and former students including pioneers of the Chinese community in Fiji.
From left: Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Fiji Zhang Ping, Chinese Education Society of Fiji trustee Jenny Seeto, former Yat Sen Secondary School Iva Teilai, President Major-General (Ret’d) Jiojij Konrote, a former teacher Akosita Kala, Paul Young, First Lady Sarote Konrote, Dixon Seeto, Newton Yuen, Chair of the Chinese Education Society of Fiji and Warren Yee.