Mom, Dad, Son, All Graduate

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  • Elisara family (l –r) Son, Mon, Dad, share a special moment as 2018 graduates of the University of the South Pacific
    Elisara family (l –r) Son, Mon, Dad, share a special moment as 2018 graduates of the University of the South Pacific

By Tauva Lima-Tavae


The University of the South Pacific (USP) Graduation on Friday was a proud moment for the Elisara family.

Not only did the Elisara couple, Tuasivi and Ana successfully received their post graduate diplomas in Education, their second child also graduated with them with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science.

Both Brother and Sister Elisara work for the Church Educational System (CES) at Pesega. They have been working in the CES for more than 10 years.

Revealing their recipe to a successful year, Tuasivi Elisara who is also bishop at his Pesega ward told Newsline that God has made it all possible for him, his wife and son.

“It wasn’t an easy journey for us because of the workload. We have other obligations as well but we tried our best to push each other so we can finish strong together.”

Bishop Elisara added that working full time was challenging, however, his determination to set an example in his family has pushed him harder to work hard on his assignments.

“It is not easy working full time and dealing with multiple assignments. I knew that it was going to be a challenge because I have my hands full already with family, church and job obligations but it is a great feeling that despite all the problems, we have endured and maintain focus and we have witnessed in today’s ceremony.”

Brother Elisara who is a vice-principal of Pesega High School for close to ten years and has worked with his wife in the church for close to 15 years, confided to Newsline that he will continue to set an example for his kids to follow.

“I want to be an example in my family and that is why I intend to work harder to get an education so they can follow through. As I continue to grasp more opportunities to further my education, I also help out my kids with their own tertiary level education through team work.”

Equally proud of her family’s success was Sister Elisara who spoke to Newsline about how grateful she is for managing to graduate with many roles she also has to fulfill in her family and community.

“It was very hard for me as a mother because I have other kids to worry about. To be able to get my kids the support they need while working full time and study for this diploma was a handful. With the support of my husband and family, today wouldn’t even be possible for me.”

Sister Elisara told Newsline that although it was not an easy journey for her, she is willing to do it all again in pursuing

Both Brother and Sister Elisara received their Bachelors of Arts from the Brigham Young University Hawaii. They have both worked as teachers in Vaiola and Pesega High Schools until now, while their oldest daughter who graduated from Fiji two years ago, is working in the Public Sector.

Brother and Sister Elisara are proud parents of 7 kids. Their third eldest son had just graduated with honors from Pesega High School last week.