Tuvalu teachers, Fetau Karl Kainano (left) and Lolohea Kelesoma (right) with a family member at the Laucala Graduation ceremony.
Tuvalu teachers, Fetau Karl Kainano and Lolohea Kelesoma were elated after being awarded their Post Graduate Diploma in Education during the Laucala Campus Graduation in Suva on 23 March, 2016.
Both the Tuvalu graduates were awarded scholarships under the Australian Award Pacific Scholarship (AAPS) scheme to complete their post graduate studies for a term of two years from January 2015 to December 2016.
The duo were overjoyed at their achievements and particularly thanked the support of their families back home.
Confident that they contributed to the pool of graduates from their small island nation, they said that without the support from home, success would not have been possible.
“It’s hard when we have families and we have to leave them behind to pursue our studies but in the end it finally pays off,” Kelesoma said.
Kelesoma also completed her Bachelor of Education in 2012 as an AAPS awardee.
Kainano said there were times when they really missed home but they had to endure and remember that they were here for a purpose.
Shivani Singh, 26, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, attributed her success to her parents saying they had been behind her all the way.
“Without guidance and support from my parents, I don’t think I would have made it this far,” she said.
Ms Singh, also a teacher by profession, said she had delayed her studies but advised prospective students to keep focused on attaining higher education as early as possible.
“My advice to students would be not to get distracted, stay focused on a path that will lead you to success. It’s never easy but if your heart is willing, you can get there,” she said.
Niko Bulai, who graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in Hotel Management, was another elated graduate.
“I am so glad I managed to get my degree as it has always been a dream of mine,” he quipped.
Mr Bulai thanked his wife and close family for their support and paid particular tribute to his dad who has always been the driving force in his career.
“Dad has always been there for me and pushed us to greater heights. I owe it to him today,” he said.
A total of 1606 students graduated from 20 nationalities during the Laucala graduation ceremony.
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