Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama last night paid tribute to the Sabeto Central School community for the school reaching 100 years old.
He said: “With 287 students enrolled in primary school and 32 more in kindergarten, it brings me great joy to see that a school with a history as rich as yours is not just surviving, but thriving, as you mark 100 proud years of teaching and learning.”
“To the community leaders, parents and teachers who should be thanked for reaching this milestone; you have helped make this a facility that brings pride to all the communities that it serves.”
He gave special recognition to the visionary leadership that members of the community had 100 years ago when they pushed for progress through education, resulting in the school’s founding.
He said they did not let a lack of money or their own lack of formal education hold back their forward thinking. “Because despite not having much, what they did have was an abundance of wisdom and foresight. This drive has helped generations of Fijians create better lives for themselves, and for this, the founders will go down in history as true pioneers.”
“Indeed, while your school has changed over the decades, it is clear today that one thing has remained constant since its founding: parents’ desire to create a brighter future for their children through the light of education.”
The school was originally called Sabeto Indian School.