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Education for all

Tevita Vuibau
Saturday, June 02, 2012

THE common misconception in society is that education and schools are for the younger generation.

But two residents of Toga district in Rewa are living proof that education is for all, regardless of age.

Sixty-eight-year old Merewai Lomani and 59-year old Josefa Ranuku were both part of a group of graduates who successfully completed the two-week Sustainable Livelihood Project (SLP) courses.

The courses, offered by FNU are government-funded and allow villagers to learn skills that will help them to earn livelihoods.

At 68, Ms Lomani was the eldest of the graduates she completed a course in basic cookery and felt very strongly that education was not only for the young.

That idea that education is only for the young is not right, I am proof that anyone can go back to school, Ms Lomani said.

For the past 20 years, she had earned money doing floral arrangements for offices in Nausori and at different events educating all her five children with her earnings.

Ms Lomani said the SLP training would allow her to provide for her grandchildren just like she had provided for her children.

Mr Ranuku, on the other hand, said his thirst for knowledge had driven him to take part in the SLP course.

He completed a course in basic carpentry and joinery and said having formal education would help him to earn his living.

Im older, yes, but I have built houses for the Housing Authority and other contractors, I have also gotten references for my work but I wanted to learn more, Mr Ranuku said.