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Teachers depart for 2-year stint

Mere Naleba
Saturday, January 25, 2014

ELEVEN retired teachers who will travel to Vanuatu for a two-year teaching stint yesterday wished the country success in this year's election.

Speaking during the handover of air tickets for the former teachers, Marisia Vusonilawe thanked the Public Service Commission for giving them a chance to impart knowledge to students in other Pacific Islands.

The retired teachers are part of the Fiji Volunteer Scheme and have offered their services to teach at various schools in Vanuatu.

"I am excited that although I have retired, the government still sees me fit to go and share my knowledge of what I teach when I will be teaching students in Vanuatu," retired teacher Saimoni Nainoca said.

"I mean this is the only time where we can share what we know with the young ones, instead of going to the grave with it.

"Although we will be away from our families for a long time, we are thankful that the Vanuatu Government and the Fiji Government will take care of our families by providing allowance for us."

In bidding them farewell, PSC chairman Josefa Seruilagilagi reminded the group they represented Fiji in Vanuatu and therefore would have to abide by the law in their adopted home.

"You are representing the people of Fiji and I beg that you be law abiding citizens and good ambassadors of our country," Mr Seruilagilagi said.

"Look after your health and look out for each other whilst on this assignment."


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