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Teen's essay wows TI Fiji

Tevita Vuibau
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A 16-YEAR-OLD from Ra is flying the country's flag in Papua New Guinea after she was picked by Transparency International Fiji to attend a Youth Democracy Camp in Goroka.

Maca Ratabua was picked after being nominated by Amele Nailevu, a teacher at Ra High School, to attend the camp when TI Fiji called for nominations.

In support of Ms Ratabua's nomination, Ms Nailevu said, "Maca is a good public speaker, disciplined, a good listener and has integrity.

"She understands the values of a group and this is something that I think she needs to understand more as it will be handy in the community she is coming from."

She is being accompanied by Fenton Lutunatabua, program co-ordinator for TI Fiji's Youth Integrity Promotion Program who praised Ms Ratabua for her conduct.

"Maca is incredibly well-spoken, intelligent, and passionate about youth advocacy.

"She is honest, sincere and determined to move the youth of Fiji forward — congratulations to TI Fiji for selecting her to attend the camp, and to Ra High School for grooming such amazing young leaders."

The camp, to be attended by 60 students from grades 10, 11 and 12, will develop attendees' knowledge on the activities of Transparency International, the importance of national constitutions, human rights, good leadership, the role of mass media in youth advocacy and the anti-corruption movement, and many other related topics.

Ms Ratabua's nomination by Ra High School and her essay titled "My responsibilities as a Fiji citizen", saw her selected to attend the camp, with all transportation, accommodation and meal costs paid by TIPNG.

An insight into her leadership style that impressed TI Fiji's judging panel was in her winning essay — "Practising virtues and upholding moral and ethical values will help me in improving my life and the lives of all of those that are around me."


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