ASHITA Ashwini Chand believes she has broken a huge barrier by becoming the first Fijian woman of Indian descent to graduate with a Diploma in teaching iTaukei language, literature and culture from the University of Fiji.
And the achievement, she believes, will take her to an outer island school, a place she always dreams of teaching in.
The primary schoolteacher who describes herself as a "kai Vunaniu, Serua" was one of the proudest among the 200 plus graduates who attained certificates, diplomas and degrees at yesterday's graduation ceremony.
"Ever since I started attending Ratu Latianara Secondary School I have set myself a goal that I will one day become an iTaukei vernacular teacher because I have been brought up mainly around iTaukei families," Mrs Chand said.
"It was a struggle but I managed to complete this course successfully with the assistance of my family, my classmates and of course my lecturers."
She also shared her stories of struggle and how as a couple, she and her husband, made sacrifices.