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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECE) (Level 5) graduates during the graduation ceremony.

Rajeshwari Lazmi, Namita Kumari and Reena Wati Raj were elated after graduating in Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECE) (Level 5) from the Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE), at The University of the South Pacific (USP) graduation ceremony on 21 March 2019 at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva.

46 year old, Rajeshwari Laxmi said the journey would not have been possible without the support of her family and loved ones.

“It was a difficult decision to make at first; however my family supported me through my educational journey,” she said.

“Typically mothers are given responsibility to nurture for the family and it is time we break barriers and grow out of this thought. It is usually the case where mothers sacrifice their career or academic journey due to family pressure or in situations where responsibilities take a toll on you. We need to break out from this mentality and we need to make sound decisions to get educated and further our careers.”

42-year-old Namita Kumari who had to endure a lot during her academic journey shared similar sentiments.

“I had to travel from Sigatoka to Lautoka to attend my classes,” she said. “My family had been very supportive through this journey and so were our lecturers and facilitators,” she said.

“Our lecturers perfectly understood our age group and provided us flexibility while preparing for assignments, class exercises and role plays. I was very nervous going to school after 18 years or so – as at this age people might look at you very differently. I am glad that I made this decision as I found a lot others who were of similar age and pursuing Diploma in ECE.”

Meanwhile, 43 year- old Reena Wati Raj said it was important to change people’s perceptions and mindset.

“Before girls were generally limited to the domestic activities like assisting their mothers in doing the household chores, looking after their younger siblings and sometimes working to earn income, in which case, it is usually embroidery, stitching clothes and crochet work which they have to do inside their own homes,” she said.

“I am glad that after much rigorous awareness the trend towards education among males and females has changed during last decade.”

The three who were also the first batch to graduate with a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECE) (Level 5) said it was a proud moment for them and they would like to encourage all mothers to start afresh. 


This news item was published on 29 Mar 2019 12:26:38 pm. For more information or any High-Res Images, please contact us on email communications@usp.ac.fj


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