Nadoi Villager Aminio Sautubu has taken the first leap towards turning his dreams into reality at the Fiji National University (FNU).
The 18-year-old of Rewa successfully enrolled into College of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry’s (CAFF)’s Diploma in Applied Fisheries (Level 5) program during a community outreach activity carried out by the university late last month.
In partnership with the Rewa Provincial Council FNU, engaged with nine districts in Rewa to shed light on the university’s educational pathways in trade and higher education.
This was in line with Pillar 3 of FNU’s 2021-2026 Strategic Planner to empower all Fijians with education and skill sets and to empower job seekers into job creators.
Sautubu was glad to find the university’s admission team a few steps away from where he was assisting with lunch preparation for the Rewa Provincial Council meeting.
Upon enquiry, he made his way to the booth and successfully applied.
“I was studying at Ratu Sukuna Memorial School, but I left school when I was in Year 12 due to financial difficulties,” Sautubu said.
“I left school and went out to the sea to save enough money to invest in my education.”
“Ever since a young age, and coming from a fisheries background, I have always wanted to be a fisheries officer at the ministry, and today I am one step closer to achieving that goal.”
Rewa Provincial Council Education Committee member, Etuate Mataitini said the council welcomed the university and its commitment to visiting the various districts to create more awareness.
The 65-year-old from Lomanikoro Village said the collaboration between FNU and the council was part of Rewa’s development goal to provide educational opportunities to students with various levels of qualification.
“Bringing FNU this close to the people is very good – welcome FNU! The Rewa Provincial Council is very happy to have you here.”
Mataitini further added that the programs offered by FNU, being a dual-sector university, would benefit students in picking the right pathways to a successful future.
The FNU visited the villages of Nakorovou, Naivikisara, Laucala, Vunisei, Namakala, Dakuni and Nawaisomo.