FNU session ignites students’ aspirations

Press Release Posted On: June 20, 2023

Lomaivuna High School students listen attentively to the Fiji National University’s (FNU) ‘Career Discovery for High School Students.

The Lomaivuna High School hall was filled with over 400 students ignited with new dreams and aspirations following the Career Discovery for High School Students session by the Fiji National University (FNU) today.

FNU conducted its high school visits to high schools across the Central Division today. The Outreach teams, accompanied by various College staff, visited Lomaivuna High School, Naitasiri High School, Wainimala Secondary School, Adi Cakobau School and Muaniweni College on the second day of its annual visits.

Lomaivuna High School Principal, Kerelayani Vakararawa, said that being aware of the various career pathways was important for high school students.

Lomaivuna High School Principal Kerelayani Vakararawa.

“This Career Discovery for High School Students initiative by FNU is important for students as it gives them a sense of direction,” she highlighted.

“Many students are in school but may not have goals and targets. After today’s session conducted by the Fiji National University team at our school, the students received accurate and first-hand information regarding the study and career opportunities available,” the Lomaivuna High School Principal said.

“The session today provided them with a sense of direction as to why they are in school and where they can aspire to be after high school,” she stated.

“Without the proper awareness, some students usually stay in the village after high school, but the FNU outreach sessions have opened them up their understanding and perspective on what they can achieve.”

Vakararawa’s advice to Year 11 and 12 students was to work hard, as education was a platform for success.

Former FNU graduate, and Lomaivuna High School Vice-Principal, Josaia Mataki added it was beneficial to note that FNU offered both theory and practical components of study for all its programmes.

Former FNU graduate, and Lomaivuna High School Vice-Principal Josaia Mataki.

Originally from Kadavu, Mataki has been at the high school in the highlands of Naitasiri for the past seven years.

“The session conducted by the FNU team today was very informative. The students showed interest and were captivated by the different College presentations,” he said.

“Even I was interested in what FNU had to offer and was pleased to hear of the new programmes and facilities being provided to aid in students’ learning.”

The high school visits commenced in the Central Division on 19 June and will continue until 30 June. This will be followed by the Western Division from 3-14 July, and the North from 17-28 July 2023.

Virtual sessions will be conducted for maritime schools in the first week of August.