November 17, 2016 9:43 am

36 students with disabilities graduate from FNU

Thirty-six students graduated today at the Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons (FNCDP) in three different certificate levels being attained from the Fiji National University. Officiating at the event, Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Hon. Mereseini Vuniwaqa acknowledged the students for their hard work and reminded them that their achievements today is a testament […]

Thirty-six students graduated today at the Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons (FNCDP) in three different certificate levels being attained from the Fiji National University.

Minister for Women Hon. Mereseini Vuniwaqa at FNCDP graduation yesterday.
Minister for Women Hon. Mereseini Vuniwaqa at FNCDP graduation yesterday.

Officiating at the event, Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Hon. Mereseini Vuniwaqa acknowledged the students for their hard work and reminded them that their achievements today is a testament to their hard work and sacrifice.

“It’s testament to the support you’ve received from your families and loved ones; it’s the testament to the fact that with the right support, you can achieve anything you set your eyes on.  Don’t let today be the end of a chapter. May today be the beginning of a whole new chapter. A chapter based on innovation and industry. A chapter that enables you to contribute more effectively to your community and the nation as a whole.”

The Minister thanked the Fiji National University for being part of the Ministry’s quest to create a more inclusive Fijian society by empowering people with disabilities through formal education which reinforces the effort by the Fijian Government in elevating the status of persons with disabilities and including them in the Fijian socio-economic landscape.

She also reaffirmed the continued support from the Ministry in empowering persons living with disabilities.

FNCDP in partnership with the Fiji National University provides such platform for students with disabilities to develop their academic and economic capacities under the Technical Vocational Education Training programs.

Students are now attaining formal, recognised qualifications in IT Networking, Fashion & Design, Office Administration, Accounting, Management, Computer Studies, Graphic Designing, Baking & Patisserie, and Web Designing and this has been the case for the past two years with 20 of the graduates having been absorbed into full-time paid employment.

Today’s graduation ceremony also marked the commemoration of the International Day for People with Disabilities Celebration.