Education and hope

Fred Wesley | Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Arylic Singh was on top of the world yesterday.
Fred Wesley
Fred Wesley

He was the recipient of the Dean's Honour Award at the Fiji National University's graduation ceremony in Suva.

Mr Singh was among 608 graduates of the university's College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

He was honoured with a special award in anaesthesia which was recognised by the Australian and New Zealand society of anaesthesia.

Yesterday he spoke about the path he took to get to where he was yesterday.

It wasn't an easy one.

He spoke about the obstacles he had to overcome, how family support served as a positive base and he acknowledged those who guided him over the years.

He spoke highly about unending commitment from his family and about his passion for medicine.

He spoke about the importance of education.

There was someone missing though yesterday by his side.

His mother died when he was in high school. It was one of the major challenges he faced during the course of his studies to become a doctor. He wished she was by his side to share in his joy, and achievement.

He spoke about being away from home for long periods of time.

In place of his mother, he pointed out that his uncle became the most influential person in his studies and the person who really supported him.

He said being the first doctor from his settlement in Nabilo, Korovou, Tailevu, was a proud moment for his family which consisted of his uncle, brother and father.

He plans to go back and start working as a medical officer in his community.

Mr Singh now aims to fulfil his next dream, to become either a neurosurgeon or an anaesthetist.

People like Mr Singh are apt reminders of why education is very important for us all.

They stand as firm examples of the power of education, why we should encourage our children to focus on it, and how it can play an important role in improving lives.

Every year, thousands of students are driven by ambition to get a quality education and qualification.

Surely a good degree can transform our lives and chances.

Should we even question the place education should have in our lives then?

With their results and employability, our students would be measures of the quality of teachers, and perhaps positive reflections of the support systems on the home front.

Congratulations are in order for all those who have achieved their goals.

We hope they will go on to become useful members of society, and give back to their communities and their country, and most importantly live life to the brim.

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