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USP Masters student scoops Westpac Women’s Education grant

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Ms Qabale with her winning award and appreciation from Westpac, after its announcement on 10th July, 2018.

A student of The University of the South Pacific (USP) won herself the Westpac Womens Education Grant at the Labasa Campus on 10 July 2018.

Ms Ilisapeci Qabale, a humble and soft spoken primary school teacher Ilisapeci Qabale recalled her recess mad rush to complete the winning essay entry for the Westpac Womens Education Grant as a blessing from above, and the results of her USP experiences as a Masters student.

Growing up Ms Qabale, had lost both her parents early in life and being the eldest in her family she wanted to ensure that she was an epitome of success to her siblings.

She never lost any opportunity to earn mileage and success in the pursuit of her education, one of which was her instinct to write the essay and grab an opportunity at winning the grant for her semester 2 studies at USP’s Labasa Campus.

Ms Qabale came across the flyer for the Westpac Womens Education Grant in her student email, encouraging women and girls to write on the topic of Barriers of  Women in equality.

“I immediately recollected my knowledge of the subject in one of my Postgraduate courses and in my ability to be able to see it firsthand as a primary school teacher in Labasa,” she stated.

“The essay topic was  in line with my Masters by research topic of Gender Equality and this boosted my abiltiy to share my views as I drew upon knowledge of my research literature and those gained from doing ED 468,” she said.

Ms Qabale was able to use the experiences of  her studies at USP to allow her to edge other writers vying for the Westpac Womens Grant 2018.

The Westpac Womens Grant provides nine primary school, secondary and tertiary students/adult workers wishing to return to study with the aim of boosting the education status of girls and women in our communities today.

Ms Qabale is currently pursuing her Masters by research, and her interests lies in Gender Inequality in Education, and acknowledges all those that have supported her at USP Labasa Campus and her family.

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