Pres­i­dent talks unity at Yat Sen 80/30

Kon­rote urges peo­ple to con­tinue to pro­mote Govern­ment’s vi­sion of one na­tion and one peo­ple

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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.

Photo: Filipe Naigulevu

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.

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