A HUNDRED and ninety-four students of Fiji National University (FNU), who have been awarded iTaukei Affairs Board scholarships were yesterday urged to set their goals and ensure the iTaukei participate in all facets of development in the country.
Ministry of iTaukei Affairs permanent secretary Savenaca Kaunisela, during the orientation at the FNU Nasinu campus, said the scholarship was set up years ago to bridge the education divide or gap that existed between the iTaukei and other Fijians.
"We want to build a well-educated and better Fiji," Mr Kaunisela said.
He told students they needed to fulfil their parents' wishes, be a better person and contribute to family wellbeing and pride because they were the lucky ones to be awarded with the assistance. "Education is a journey that never ends, this is the beginning of all the best things to come your way — grab it and run with it," he said.
He urged the students to go out with qualifications, use them and the nation would recognise their contribution.
"Government is expecting you to complete studies and contribute positively to nation building," he said.
Adi Viniana Ketedromo, a recipient pursuing a diploma in architectural technology for the past two years, challenged her peers saying their journey would not be easy if they gave in to peer pressure.
She reminded the students to choose the right friends and be at the right place at the right time if they wished to complete their education.
"Seeing students dropping out is heartbreaking simply because they did not grab the opportunity to think of their struggling parents who could not afford to send them to university." About 60 students will be undergoing degree programs while 130 students will pursue diploma programs.