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Learning never stops

Torika Tokalau
Monday, April 14, 2014

IT is never too late to go back to school.

This is the message Eparama Young wants to share with young married couples and single parents after he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography and land use planning from USP on Friday.

The 26-year-old from Nasaucoko in Navosa went back to school in 2011, three years after he dropped out of a university in New Zealand.

His wife Akosita and three children Grace, Isaac and Jacob, were the motivation behind his decision to complete his education.

"There is no barrier to education," Mr Young said.

"It's not too late to go back to school. That is my message to all those young married couples and single parents who think they're too old to go back to school."

He said graduating was an accomplishment he would share with his children.

"Seeing my children at home, I thought to myself I have to do something with my life.

"I knew that if I didn't find a job, my family would suffer and getting the right education was a step towards that.

"It has been an exhausting journey — it's like I just finished playing rugby. We faced a lot of difficulties as a family, financially especially, but that never deterred me from my goal to graduate."

Before he graduated be was offered a job at the iTaukei Land Trust Board, an opportunity Mr Young believed is a blessing from God.

Mr Young was one of the 1285 students who graduated at the Vodafone Arena last week.

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