Father talks about value of right upbringing

By Ilia L. Likou ,

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RAISE AND TEACH OUR KIDS WELL: Uini Matagi, of Fasito’o Uta.

RAISE AND TEACH OUR KIDS WELL: Uini Matagi, of Fasito’o Uta. (Photo: Ilia L. Likou)

Raise our children in the right way so that when they grow up, they will always remember their upbringing.

This is the notion that 45-year-old father of five, Uini Matagi, of Fasito’o Uta, believes should be emphasized.

The Village Voice spotted him while sitting on the side of the road yesterday morning.

“We have a responsibility to raise our kids right,” he said.

 “My kids deserve to be educated in a good environment where they feel safe and engaged in their learning. That starts at home with me.”

Uini also believes in the value of education.

 “I feel education is very important in every aspect and the focus of all the parents should be on their children,” he said.

 “I may be poor but I keep on working hard not for material things of this world but for my children to survive and live happily from day to day.

“We all know that the main purpose of education is to help children gain the knowledge and skills so that they will be able to function in the future.”

Children, he added, need help from parents in their education.

 “Because they need to be provided with the necessary skills so that they can learn to become productive,” he said. “From there, children will be able to contribute to their community and help make it a better place to live.

 “As I’ve mentioned earlier, the main reason why I’m pushing my children to school is because education will determine the kind of life they have in the future.

 “When they grow older, they will be more qualified for different jobs if they have a good solid education.”

Aside from his children’s future, Uini’s other concern is the high cost of living.

 “I believe that everyone perceives the world differently because we’re different and experience different things in life,” he said.

“But life is basically what you make out of it, when we’re in control of our own actions, we have to focus on what is right and good for us especially our children.

“This life is not a walk in the park, you don’t sleep at night and expect a bundle of hundred tala in your bag everyday.

“Yes, the world is full of challenges but if you work hard you can overcome them.”

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