Perseverance pays off for Emmanuel


Electrical Engineer graduate Emmanuel Amos broke off from the graduation procession to hug his mother Margaret Amos and present her his degree.
Emmanuel from Pangia, Southern Highlands, completed grade 12 at the Hagen Park Secondary School in Mt Hagen in 2012.
He was accepted to do a bachelor in electrical engineering in 2013 at the University of Technology.
According to Margaret, Emmanuel, however, fell ill in the second year which saw him discontinue school and missing out on the scholarship.
“It took him seven years to complete all his courses and secure this degree,” Margaret said.
“He never once gave up and he told me: “I will get you this bamboo and today he has fulfilled this promise.” She said Emmanuel was the only one out from his family and tribe to be educated to this level.
“We are grassroots people,” Margaret said.
“We live in the settlement and we dedicate everything to see him succeed.
“His father fries flour at a Chinese shop for K250 fortnight which is invested into Emmanuel’s education.
“The rest of us don’t eat and sleep well.
“He (Emmanuel) understood the struggle and survived through with whatever little we gave him.
“His allowance was as low as K10.” Emmanuel, the second out of five children, was among 570 graduates who graduated from the University of Technology last Tuesday.