2022 Stories

Reddy excels at FNU
As a teacher, Lynett Vinita Reddy is living proof to her students that hard work, dedication and perseverance are valuable traits that enable individuals to achieve their desired goals in life. The quiet yet determined lady from Labasa, Vanua Levu said hearing about the success stories of others that undertook tertiary studies at the Fiji National University (FNU) prompted her to pursue her academic ambitions. “I came from a background that wasn’t financially stable,” Reddy shared. ...Read More
Advocating for healthier lifestyles is Pugeva’s passion
Barry Mataisau Pugeva set out to pursue tertiary studies that would enable him to play a critical role in the promotion of health, prevention of diseases, prolonging life and the empowerment of individuals and communities in managing their health through education, policy making and research for disease and injury prevention. The Solomon Islander diligently completed his high school studies at the Betikama Adventist College in East Honiara, Guadalcanal Province before researching tertiary-lev...Read More
Devi upskills in Education at FNU
Yeshnita Devi began her tertiary studies at the Fiji National University (FNU) in a technical and vocational education and training (TVET) course 12 years ago. Last year, she graduated from FNU for the fourth time with a Masters in her field of study. Growing up on her family farm in Labasa, Devi knew from a young age that she wanted to be an agent of change in the lives of young children. After realising the positive influence and role teachers played in her learning journey, Devi knew she a...Read More
Rakula champions in-flight wellness at Fiji Airways
The COVID-19 pandemic has redefined the way people live, work, learn and play. As we adapt to living in a ‘new normal’ world, new forms of roles and responsibilities have emerged that prioritises the health and safety of families and communities. For Tevita Mikaele Rakula, this means he is responsible for the well-being of a specific set of people – passengers and staff onboard the Fiji Airways flights he is rostered on. Education Rakula, from Nawi in Cakaudrove, spent his childhood...Read More
Sauliga – Shoeshine boy to Successful Alumni
Life was never a bed of roses for Semi Tekivili Sauliga. As the second youngest of five siblings, Sauliga grew up witnessing his mother struggle to provide for her family and vowed to one day provide for his family and repay his mother’s sacrifices. Fuelled by this silent promise, Sauliga left his village of Kedra, Dogotuki in Macuata, Vanua Levu in 2009 on his first trip to Suva to complete his final year of high school at John Wesley College. “It was hard leaving my mother, but I knew I...Read More