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Decades in his province

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Saturday, January 27, 2018

THIRTY-FIVE years.

That's how long Inosi Toga served in his province. More specifically, that's how long Inosi Toga served his province by teaching at various primary schools in the province of Ra.

After all those years, Master Toga as his students referred to him, is now enjoying his retirement at his village of Namara, Saivou in Ra.

When his civil service career ended three years ago, he thanked God for allowing those struggles which gave him the discipline and endurance to see the end of the road, as a teacher.

His four children have all earned themselves decent employment opportunities with the youngest recently graduating with a law degree last December.

Master Toga taught at nine schools in Ra. Like any other rural teacher, he has had his fair share of challenges, the challenges that allowed him and his children to have what they have achieved today.

His eldest child encountered six floods three years after his father was posted to his first school at Nakorotubu District School.

"It was just me and my firstborn and my wife when I had my first posting in the height of those six different floods and this was where my faith and endurance was tested," Master Toga said.

"But as time went on, I had learnt to accept every challenge as it came and this was why I enjoyed teaching these 35 years despite having to be posted around remote rural schools in Ra.

"I am so thankful that these experiences taught me the real meaning of life and it also taught my children to be hard workers and to achieve their dreams in life."

Like any other teacher, Master Toga's proudest moment is always to see any of his student achieve his or her childhood dream. It can be said a good number have done that now that they are working.

While sharing his teaching journey, Master Toga readily acknowledged God for changing his life a few years after his graduation.

He states matter-of-factly that his entire teaching journey would not have been a success without the guidance of the Lord and his work as a lay preacher which contributed a lot to his and his family's immense success.

And whatever he does in life, the 58-year-old Saivou man said it was always important to acknowledge the Lord and put every burden on him as he will ease them and he will always be the leading light in this challenging world.

He now enjoys relaxing at his home in Namara while at the same time assists in the development of his own community school, Nalaba District School.

It is his only hope that students from his village, Namara, study hard to succeed and achieve the best in life.








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