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'Educate a woman, you educate a generation'

Elenoa Baselala
Tuesday, June 07, 2011

IN her winning essay, Melaia Yaya talked about the trickle-down effect on her six siblings if her education is paid.

It was just enough to win the hearts of a four-member panel of judges at Westpac Bank who selected her out of the 150 girls and women who applied for the bank's education grant.

"If my fees are paid, it will greatly assist my parents as they can save some money to pay for the education of my other four siblings who are in school," she said.

The Ratu Sukuna Memorial School sixth former hopes to continue her education at the University of the South Pacific next year.

Justine Maravu, a community trainer won the grant for tertiary students.

"They say when you educate a woman, you educate a generation," she said.

"This grant will help me achieve my dream and also allow me to continue my studies much faster."

Both winners are from the Nakasaleka district of Kadavu.

Westpac head of business banking Yvonne Breckterfield said the grant was part of the bank's sustainability agenda and to "deepen its involvement with communities".

"The grants demonstrate Westpac's commitment to the community and specifically to women's issues," she said.

General manager Jason Stephens said the grants were just one way Westpac was inspiring future generations of girls and women to achieve their personal and professional ambitions.

Kolora Sawea of Namau Public School won the grant for primary school students.