TAKING out the best all around prize at his graduation ceremony for the Centre for Appropriate Technology and Development was something that Jovesa Kamotu did not expect this year.
The 20-year-old lad of Emuri Village in Nadroga said he was grateful for the tremendous support given to him by his family and friends that had made him achieve his goal in being one of the graduates under the centre last week in Nadave.
Mr Kamotu said he was always passionate about carpentry and joinery work and to be able to attend a centre which offers advance training was just a dream come true for him.
"In my one year of study at the centre, I have not only learned carpentry and joinery work, but have learned to interact with people more and to also be at peace spiritually," Mr Kamotu said.
"Spiritual guidance here is unique with teachers helping students spiritually grow and to better understand their roles in society with the different training they have acquired.
He said he always wanted to help out in his village through carpentry and joinery work especially in developing village men in such trade.
"I hope to make a difference when I return to Emuri Village and try to see what potential youths have," he said.
"I would like to encourage students and youths out there to always listen to advice because it would help them grow in the future."
Jovesa's father Sakiusa Qautoka said his son had to sacrifice a lot in order to get the best all-round prize. "Jovesa is the type of person who is committed to what he does and works towards achieving a particular goal," he said.