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Vision for success

Repeka Nasiko
Monday, December 17, 2012

KRISHNEEL Kunal Sharma continued his astonishing journey through life after achieving another milestone on Friday.

Totally blind, the 22-year-old Vitogo resident never saw his disability as a barrier towards achieving his dreams.

"In primary school I attended Fiji School of the Blind but once I reached high school, I went to a normal school like any other student in Fiji," Mr Sharma said.

"Growing up, I never thought I would come this far because of my disability. But despite that, I came through and I am grateful for the help that I got from my fellow students and teachers."

Mr Sharma graduated with a Higher Education Diploma in Management and was one of 750 students that graduated from the Fiji National University (FNU).

He said he began his studies in Lautoka because he could not find proper accommodation in Suva.

"Because of that I had to continue my studies at the FNU Ba Campus and although I preferred to study in Suva because they knew what to do when teaching students like me.

"At the start, going to classes in Ba was a challenge because the teachers did not know how to go about teaching me but I had suggested ways things could be made easier for me.

"From there, we managed to work together and I was able to get a normal education just like any other student," he said.

Sitting next to Mr Sharma, proud mother Manjula Sharma said she was happy to see her son graduate.

"I am very happy and very proud of him," said the mother of three.