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Australian scholarship for seven Fijians

Ana Madigibuli
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

SEVEN Fiji citizens who were offered the prestigious Australian Leadership Award scholarship were presented with air tickets by Acting Australian High Commissioner Glen Miles yesterday.

Mr Miles said the seven recipients were identified for their potential to assume leadership roles that could influence social and economic policy reform and development outcomes in Fiji and the region.

He said the number of Australian scholarships provided to Fiji citizens was increasing by the year.

"These scholars can be justifiably proud of winning a prestigious award that will equip them to serve as future leaders of their field in the country and region," Mr Miles said.

"I congratulate them all."

The first visually-impaired Australian Leadership Award recipient Sovaia Faktaufon said the scholarship would help her become one of the first visually-impaired people to enter the human resources field.

Mrs Faktaufon, a teacher, said she was determined to become one of the first visually-impaired persons in a managerial position, adding she always wanted to pursue a career in human resources management and accounting.

"At present the public, especially employers, have a view that people with disability can only be employed under their associations or within special needs group."

"When I return with my Masters under the Australian scholarship, I will work to change this view people have of people with disabilities."

The seven recipients are Sovaia Faktaufon, Adi Tiriseyani Naulivou, Robin Achari, Haemarie Taito, Miliana Ratu, Sefanaia Seru and Makereta Alifereti.