Being 15 in Fiji Kyle Kagan: Comp 9 Hour 6

  • The country is roughly 7,056 square miles.
  • Fiji's population is 909,389 people and growing
  • There are 3 official languages, English, Hindi, and Fijian
  • It became an independent country in 1970 from Great Britain
  • It is 20 hours ahead of Colorado, when it is 6 PM it is 2PM the next day in Fiji
  • People drive on the left side of the road
  • There are 332 islands which are able to be inhabited and only 106 are home to people

Being 15 in Fiji is full of unknowns, but beautiful because of constantly occurring natural disasters, limited resources, and fewer school graduates, but in their free time, spending time on the beach or ocean, with friends and family.

Challenges in Fiji include, constantly occurring natural disasters, limited resources, and the smaller amount of graduates from school.

"'It is likely that smaller villages across Fiji will have suffered the most, given their infrastructures would be too weak to withstand the power of a category 5 cyclone,' said Suva resident Alice Clements, a spokeswoman for UNICEF in the Pacific. (42 Dead from 'monster' Cyclone Winston in Fiji.)"

About 15% of Fijian children don't survive the full eight year of primary school, and even a higher amount do not make it through their secondary education. (Fiji School.)

Because of the high risk, of natural disasters, and many possibilities of catastrophes, such as volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis and weather events like cyclones. Plus, the added amount of school dropouts and/or children that aren't able to attend due, to the distance their village is from the nearest school or even sometimes the segregation that still exists, in native or tribal areas. Teens are at risk, of having their possessions destroyed and not being able to learn which makes, Fiji a risky and challenging place to live.

Teenagers, in their free time, are able to hangout with friends, help their parents and tribe and surf snorkel and dive.

Teenager will gather with their friends, help and participate in family or tribe work, surf, snorkel and/or dive in the beautiful South Pacific Ocean that surround the island country.(Go-Fiji).

The scenery and vast ocean that engulfs the islands of Fiji allow for all teenagers, to participate in various activities from surfing to diving, and many more aquatic events. The surf in Fiji is world renowned as well as some the Internationally famous dives, so its no question the children wouldn't enjoy the beauty too. Cultural life is also a big part of Fijian life and so there are many festive the locals participate in.

Although Fiji is an abosulely stunning country, and there are many benefits of living in the beautiful land, we in Steamboat must be thankful for the fact that we have a strong and stable ecosystem and also thankful for the great graduation rate of students, as well, as our school system. The Fijian schools aren't as great and they are at constant risk of natural disasters. Steamboat has beauty of its own, but in different forms. Fiji is great place for teenagers to visit, but I am not sure if I would want to reside there

By making a connection, I better understood that I am lucky for the education I have and stability in my life.

The children of Fiji have a much lower graduation rate in schools than America, and it is not even required by law to attend school, in Fiji. the kids of color can be also discriminated in tribal villages, even though it is illegal. In America we have strived for years upon years to allow everyone to receive equal education, and we take for granted how lucky and great it is.

The rate of graduation from secondary school (high school) in Fjij is drastically lower than in America we can compare it the to that of old times in our country. There is also discrimination and that betters the connection to what life in our country was like pre 1960's. The African-American population had to attend separate schools, had poor supplies, and didn't have the same scholastics as whites. It is similar to the schools in Fiji, but different in many ways as well.

Works Cited

“Fiji Culture Overview.” Fiji Culture Overview,

“Fiji Food.” Fiji Food,

“Fiji School.” Fiji School,

“Relationships, Marriage, &Amp; Family Life in Fiji.” Relationships, Marriage, &Amp; Family Life in Fiji, Nov. 2013,

“Social Life in Fiji.” Social Life in Fiji, 2013,

"42 Dead from 'monster' Cyclone Winston in Fiji." CNN. Cable News Network. Web. 15 Dec. 2016.


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