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Inmates from Nasinu Corrections Center who graduated with Automotive Mechanical Engineering Certificates on Tuesday, 31 May 2022, were reminded not to let their mistakes define them.

These were the words of encouragement offered to them by the Hon Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at their ceremony in Nasinu.

“Our mistakes do not have to define us. A conscious decision to change for the better can lead to a fulfilling life. That is exactly what each of you graduating today are proving. You are showing your determination to provide a better future for yourselves and your families.”

It was a proud moment for eight inmates who had spent the past one year undergoing this course at the Nasinu Corrections Vocational Centre.

The eight inmates are Demesi Fuata, Jekemaia Rabonu, Tomasi Koroivosa, Taito Rawaqa, Viliame Mocevakaca, Mohammed Sagaitu, Waisake Loabure and Tausia Fabiano.

The course was provided by the Fiji National University and APTC.

“Change does not have to wait after you serve your sentence,’’ the Hon prime minister said.

“Change can happen in a correction system all along the way, regardless of who the person is.”

Bainimarama stated that research and results show that education had a massive impact on lowering incarceration and crime rates and that the FCS now has its lowest rate ever of reoffending today.

“Inmates who graduate while in prison rarely return as they go on to start new businesses, create jobs and inspire their communities.

“I commend those graduating today for your hardwork and discipline, and also congratulate the Commissioner of Corrections Commander Francis Kean and his men and women,  and its stakeholders for setting up such a program for their benefit.”

The course is certified under the Fiji National University standards and is accredited by the Fiji Higher Education Commission.

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