RA SCHOOL VIS­ITS PAR­LIA­MENT DE­SPITE STRUG­GLES

FOR SOME OF THEM, THE EX­CITE­MENT OF TOURING SUCH IN­STI­TU­TION FOR THE FIRST TIME MADE THEM PRE­PARE WELL AS IT WAS ALSO THEIR FIRST VISIT TO SUVA 12 schools from Viti Levu vis­ited Par­lia­ment in the past week

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Teacher says the visit would now fur­ther mo­ti­vate the stu­dents to study hard for a bet­ter fu­ture de­spite the lim­ited re­sources and chal­lenges they were faced with in school.

The stu­dents of Toka­malo District School in Ra are still re­cov­er­ing fol­low­ing the de­struc­tion caused by TC Win­ston on their school early this year. But such a strug­gle did not de­ter their spir­its from vis­it­ing Par­lia­ment for the first time last Fri­day.

It might look like a rare visit, but the stu­dents of Tokaimalo District School in the high­lands of Ra braved the cold at about 5am to travel down to the cap­i­tal city for their much-an­tic­i­pated tour of Par­lia­ment. For some of them, the ex­cite­ment of touring such in­sti­tu­tion for the first time made them pre­pare well as it was also their first visit to Suva. Head teacher Ke­vueli Naimauwi said de­spite the chal­lenges faced by the school, they went their own ways to fundraise and pre­pare well for the trip. “This has been an ex­cit­ing jour­ney, not only for the stu­dents but for us teach­ers and par­ents as well,” he said. “Even though we are still strug­gling with our fa­cil­i­ties in school, we didn’t want to miss this op­por­tu­nity be­cause we knew it was ben­e­fi­cial for the stu­dents. “We have come a long way and to visit the Cham­ber and be in­formed about how the Par­lia­ment works is re­ally a priv­i­lege.” Mr Naimauwi said the visit would now fur­ther mo­ti­vate the stu­dents to study hard for a bet­ter fu­ture de­spite the lim­ited re­sources and chal­lenges they were faced with in school.

“Vis­it­ing Par­lia­ment to­day will con­tinue to linger in the stu­dents’ minds and will mo­ti­vate them to work hard in school and be­come suc­cess­ful in life. “On that note, we thank the Par­lia­ment of Fiji and its staff for this great op­por­tu­nity and we hope to re­turn one day.” One hun­dred stu­dents, five teach­ers and 40 par­ents from the school vis­ited Par­lia­ment. Twelve schools from Viti Levu vis­ited Par­lia­ment in the past week.

Stu­dents of Tokaimalo District School in Ra in front of the Par­lia­ment. Par­lia­ment News Photo:

Photo: Par­lia­ment News

Stu­dents of Tokaimalo District School in Ra in Par­lia­ment.

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