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Tongan scholars overseas succeeding despite COVID-19

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 02/06/2020

Tongan scholars overseas continue to succeed with their studies despite the obstacles faced due to COVID-19 restrictions.  About eighty Tongan students under the Australia Awards Scholarships are studying in Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu and Australia. Each has faced challenges, overcoming them with support and perseverance.

Press Statement from the Australian High Commission in Tonga says the Students at USP, Laucala Campus in Suva had experience. Challenges during their studies due to impacts from COVID-19. It includes internet disruption internet and extra assignments HOWEVER they have found ways to overcome these challenges.

Lupe Vaka’uta who is studying her Bachelor of Engineering at the USP Campus in Suva, struggled to complete group assignments due to curfews and social distancing restrictions but technology and her fellow students managed to help her achieve her goals.

Hehea Tukuafu Vaioleti is currently studying at the University of Adelaide with caring for her two young children with the help of her husband. She has faced challenges such as including internet connections.

Other students also acknowledged the support from their families and the Australian Government for helping them overcome these challenges. Meleinu Filise from the University of Technology, Sydney said COVID-19 was a lesson to be learned and that students should appreciate what they have as tomorrow is not certain.

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