Babanisi’s Spirit of Determination Helps Him Reach his Goal
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Eddie with his buddy at the Disability Resource Centre on Laucala Campus.
Edward (Eddie) Babanisi completes his LLB course and returns home to the Solomon Islands early July, overcoming challenges that saw his “six years ending on a high note.”
From Makira Province, one of the more isolated islands in the Solomon Islands, situated to the east of Guadalcanal, Eddie joined The University of the South Pacific
in 2015 on a Solomon Islands Government Scholarship.
Having completed his primary and secondary education in Fiji at Marcellin Primary and Marist Brothers High Schools, Eddie later went to New Zealand to undertake Rehabilitation Studies, sponsored by the New Zealand Government.
On his return from New Zealand, Eddie worked with the Solomon Islands Ministry of Health for 10 years as a community based Rehabilitation Officer. He returned to Fiji for further studies in 2015 to undertake his LLB course. Why law? Eddie says he “enjoys arguing”.
He has described his time at USP as “really, really good!” Had it not been for accessibility to most places on campus; the support of the Disability Resource Centre and the Buddy System, Eddie says, he “would not have been successful”.
Comparing his experience in primary school in the 80’s and 90’s when printed textbooks had to be converted to Braille, the ability to instantly access his course work on Moodle on his laptop through softwares such as JAWS (Job Access with Speech) and NVDA (Non Visual Desktop Access) was most valuable.
Eddie plans to continue to be associated with USP as an alumnus. Working with the Solomon Islands Campus
, he wants to empower other persons with a disability gain higher education and become successful in their chosen career for which he has three tips: have a spirit of determination; always focus on what you want to be; and use your knowledge and build on it!
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