Iowane Taniela made the journey across rivers and valleys to ensure he completed the first step in fulfilling his ambition to study engineering.
The 18-year-old former Sigatoka Methodist College enrolled into an engineering programme at the Fiji National University’s (FNU) Enrolment Roadshow held at the Wishing Well in Sigatoka recently.
“I stay in Sovi Village, located in the interior of Nadroga. It is inside the valley and surrounded by trees, so there is no network there,” Taniela explained.
“My school is almost 40 kilometres away from my village and to reach my school, I have to ride on a horse from my village and cross mountains and valleys. I then must find transport to be able to attend school.”
Taniela added that he was unable to attend the final two weeks of high school due to heavy rain and flooding at his village. With a family background in farming, Taniela would be the first in his family to attain a degree once he completes studies.
“My parents are proud of my Year 13 marks, I scored 296/400; they have always motivated me and told me that anything is possible,” he shared.
“Engineering has been my ambition since I was young, and I have chosen this field to be able to attain employment with a high pay scale. Year 13 was difficult. I missed school for two weeks; I had to cross three creeks, and when it rained, it was flooded. There was no mode of transport for me to able to attend my classes.”
Tanielia said he was grateful to the FNU Enrolment Roadshow team in Sigatoka that allowed him to receive academic advice and submit his application with ease.