Par­ents’ Sac­ri­fice To Give Daugh­ter Bet­ter Ed­u­ca­tion

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Par­ents Pita Vakao­qotabua and Maraia moved from Natewa Bay to Labasa to give their two chil­dren a bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion.

While one is still a tod­dler, the el­dest, Grace Rosie Shanel, has just com­pleted early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion and is on her way to achieve more.

Yes­ter­day, the par­ents watched with pride as Grace re­ceived her cer­tifi­cate of com­ple­tion from Gu­runanak Khalsa Kinder­garten. “I’m so happy to see my daugh­ter grad­u­ate,” said Mr Vakao­qotabua. “We al­ways shared the work to be done and I al­ways en­joyed tak­ing my daugh­ter and drop­ping her to school ev­ery morn­ing,” he said. Mrs Vakao­qotabua said: “She had dif­fi­cul­ties in fig­ur­ing out things.” She said her per­se­ver­ance and ded­i­ca­tion led to her daugh­ter’s suc­cess to­wards the start of her ed­u­ca­tional jour­ney. “Some­times she would not un­der­stand things taught at school and it wor­ried her. But the sup­port from us was vi­tal to her,” she said. “She slowly started with her learn­ing pace and was soon do­ing very good at school.

“I al­ways get up early in the morn­ing and pre­pare lunch for my daugh­ter.” Ruk­mani Naicker, teacher in charge said 64 pre-school stu­dents grad­u­ated.

“It was a chal­leng­ing year for us teach­ers but we were ded­i­cated to­wards help­ing them,” she said. “Chil­dren are now well pre­pared to en­ter class one next year,” she said.

Grace is ex­pected to en­roll at Gu­runanak Pri­mary School next year. Edited by Ranoba

We al­ways shared the work to be done and I al­ways en­joyed tak­ing my daugh­ter and drop­ping her to school ev­ery morn­ing Pita Vakao­qotabua Fa­ther

Photo: Yo­gesh Chan­dra

Pita Vakao­qotabua hold­ing his two-year-old son, Pita Vakao­qotabua Jnr, wife Maraia and Grace Rosie Shanel, af­ter her grad­u­a­tion at Gu­runanak Khalsa Kinder­garten on No­vem­ber 9, 2018.

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