Student with special need aims to become a parliamentarian

17-year old Asenaca Tuivuravura’s disability did not dampen her spirit as she wanted to be with the rest of the students to listen to the Speaker of Parliament during her ‘Meet the Speaker’ programme today at Saint Joseph Secondary School.

Together with her teachers and other students, she found today’s programme very informative and educational.

“After today’s programme, I now understand how Parliament works, how debates are done in Parliament and how the law is processed.”

“My aim is to become a Member of Parliament and to be the Attorney-General.”

“My advice to other students with disability is that whenever you want to do something, you should not be double-minded, and you should always dream big,” Ms Tuivuravura said.

Social Science Head of Department Ms Tara Tamata said the programme was well received by students.

“A lot of questions that the students had were answered during the Speaker’s presentation.”

“I am glad that this programme goes out to the community and promotes the idea of Parliament as some think that it just belongs to a certain part of Fiji.”

“The fact that you have come out to promote awareness with the students was really interesting,” Ms Tamata said.

The programme is a community outreach initiative of Parliament where the Speaker Hon. Dr Jiko Luveni explains to the students about her role as Speaker, roles and function of Parliament and how students can be involved in the democratic process.