WO female bank staff at the National Development Bank (NDB) are bound for Australia to do their Undergraduate and Postgraduate Degrees, thanks to the Australian Governments AusAID Scholarship Program.
The women, who are both with NDB’s Accounting and Finance Division, are rearing to make their dreams of attaining international qualifications which has the backing of the National Development Bank.
Being a mother and a bread winner is a common trend for many working women today and usually because of this, taking up further studies is the least of their priorities or something they only dream about but do not bother to try.
But only a few courageous women see this situation as a challenge that makes them stronger and even more determined to achieve greater things in life.
One such person is NDB’s outgoing supervisor accounts payable/receivable and purchasing, Rhonda Gerega.
She juggles the roles of a mother and bread winner and a professional accomplishing all tasks without failure. And if you thought this load was already too much for one person to handle, Rhonda has secured an Australia Awards Scholarship to go for a two-year study program in Australia.
Rhonda is one of only two females among a group of ten who were selected under the undergraduate category, a rare opportunity that she is very grateful for.
"You can see there was a slim chance of being selected and I thank God for the blessing," Rhonda said.
"I will be studying at the University of Southern Queensland for two years doing a Bachelor of Commerce – Finance Major. I am very lucky and it’s a privilege and honour to receive this scholarship award from AusAID," Rhonda added.
Education sees no barriers and no limits just as long as you are determined to succeed in what it is you want to achieve, making use of every opportunity that comes your way. So it is for Accounting Manager Vicky Vene as she sets out on her journey to do her post graduate degree.
Vicky has been awarded an Australian Awards Scholarship funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAid) to do a Master of Professional Accounting at the Central Queensland University. It is a two-year program at the Brisbane Campus with the academic year starting on January 28.
Whilst undertaking her postgraduate program, Vene will also be participating in the prestigious Australian Awards Leadership Program for this year.
The program provides awardees with leadership learning and development activities and opportunities to connect with other awardees across the globe and with key people from the Government, private sector and civil society.
"My first event of the leadership program will be in Canberra, which I am looking forward to," Vene said.
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