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USP Pacific TAFE shaping the future of a visually impaired student

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Savita Shiwangi Devi from Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) Labasa Centre. PC: Supplied

The University of the South Pacific’s, Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) Labasa Centre has given a visually impaired woman all the reason to succeed in life through quality education.

In few months’ time, 29-year-old from Seaqaqa, Savita Shiwangi Devi will graduate with a Certificate in Office Management.

Travelling became the biggest hurdle for Ms. Devi whilst she pursued her primary and secondary education in Suva from the Fiji School for the Blind and the DAV Girls College.

She revealed that all her hopes of furthering her education could have come to an end if Pacific TAFE did not have a centre in Labasa.

“I come from a farming background and it was difficult for my family to afford my initial years of studies in Suva,” said Ms. Devi.

“Travelling to Suva to pursue my tertiary education seemed impossible as it required taking a family member with me for guidance, which would eventually be costly. Plus, it would have been extremely difficult at a large university in Suva.

“I am thankful to the cooperative staff including my tutors at the centre for all their support for the last three years.”

Ms. Devi stressed that after her graduation she is hopeful to receive a decent employment.
USP Pacific TAFE Labasa Centre Coordinator, Ivamere Chand said they are very grateful to the prominent Labasa businessman, Charan Jeath Singh, the owner of Gurbhajan Singh Mall where the centre is located.

“We were able to include an elevator in the building which became convenient for the disabled students and the lift also has braille numbers for the visually impaired students like Ms. Devi,” she added.

She revealed that currently the USP Pacific TAFE Labasa centre has three students with disabilities who are fully supported by the staff and students of the centre to achieve their desired qualifications.

Mrs. Chand added that the centre is blessed to receive Late Gurbhajan Singh scholarship with an annual allocation of $10,000 from Mr Charan Jeath Singh.

She stressed that the centre on its part is ensuring that an inclusive environment is created so that no student including the disabled are left out.

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