‘No greater opportunity to serve people of Fiji’

Basundra Kumar. Picture: SUPPLIED

After serving for 20 years as a teacher, three years as a school principal and eight years as a senior academic at the Fiji National University, Basundra Kumar says she is ready to serve the people of Fiji in a different capacity.

The Korotiri, Labasa, woman wants to contest the 2022 General Election as a candidate for the National Federation Party.

“There is no greater opportunity to serve the people of Fiji,” she said.

“Having served as a community worker and an educationist, if given a chance I believe I have expertise to help transform things for the betterment of all.

“NFP is the oldest party in Fiji and they have given me the platform to enter and contest the upcoming polls to serve the Fijian people though Parliament.”

Ms Kumar said he experiences as an educator, a keen unionist, a religious person and community worker was proof of her commitment to serving the people of Fiji.

She also said something that was close to heart was the empowerment of women and girl children across all ethnicities and religious backgrounds.

Ms Kumar said this, combined with her unwavering passion for nation building through good and accountable governance, transparency and human rights would provide the bedrock of her campaign.

She has a Master’s of Education, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and a Bachelor of Education/Economics from the University of the South Pacific.

Ms Kumar also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Social Policy from the Fiji National University and an Advanced Diploma in Business Leadership.

She served as a secondary school teacher for 20 years and climbed the ranks to become Principal of Nausori High School (2007- 2008) and the Principal of Vunimono High School (2009).

In 2015 she was employed at the Fiji National University at the Office of the Pro-Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching as the manager Monitoring and Compliance to conduct quality assurance of the university’s academic programs.

She left FNU on August 1 this year to join the National Federation Party in a bid to contest the 2022 General Elections.

Ms Kumar has also contributed towards the development of women in Fiji. She is currently the senior vice president of the World Hindu Federation Pacific and National President of Women’s Networking Fiji.

She engages herself in community work and her focus is capacity building and women empowerment — inspiring and motivating young girls into leadership roles.

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