This photo of Vanua Levu schoolkids Meri Ravono, Sisilia Mereadani, and Selaima Radinibeqa has captured the nation’s imagination and is being widely shared on social media, so much so that it also made the front page of today’s Fiji Sun.
It reminds us that in many less developed parts of Fiji, ordinary people face a daily struggle to access services the rest of us take for granted, in this case three students who have to use a bilibili to get to school. Imagine the challenge during wet weather, storms and flooding and the anxiety their parents must feel waiting for them to return home safely.
I looked at this photo for longer than usual and realised this is why I do what I do on Grubsheet – to try to encourage better standards of governance and higher standards of public conduct so that kids like these grow up in a better country and have the bright future they deserve.
Good luck with the new school year, Meri, Sisilia and Selaima. The thoughts of all of us are with you, as it is with all young people returning to schools, colleges and universities across Fiji.
May we be worthy of the trust you have in us to help you lead happy and productive lives and our duty to you as role models to set the highest possible standards of personal conduct – of honesty, accountability, diligence, love of country and care for others.