Summary of Child Welfare Activities in 2016: Mauritius

Global Day of Citizen Action – Mauritius

Global Day of Citizen Action (GDCA) - Mauritius 2016 was held on Saturday, 14 May 2016, at the Plaisance Community Centre in Mauritius. This event was organized by Halley Movement, a coalition of charitable organizations working for the welfare of children and families in Mauritius and the Southern Africa region. The event attracted approximately 70 stakeholders from more than 20 community-based organizations. Among them were several high-level representatives of the community, including members of the legislative assembly and foreign embassies.

The NGO Consultative meeting, co-organized by Halley Movement in close collaboration with civil society facilitators, has proven to be an efficient mechanism for coordinating community implementation activities in terms of information exchange, creation of knowledge, and sharing of best practices to advance the UN development goals. Participants also noted the need to respect the principles of equality and non-discrimination. Planning policies should be implemented in a participatory, transparent, and accountable manner.

Good Digital Parenting

Halley Movement and PAN-Mauritius Coalition (Parenting in Africa – Mauritius Chapter) launched the “Good Digital Parenting” National Campaign in Mauritius on 11 August 2016. Parents of Vacoas-Phoenix township attended the launch, as did the South African Deputy Ambassador and the mayor of the township.

This innovative campaign targeted parents who have been empowered to gain a strong understanding of the risks, harms, and rewards that come with their child being online. The Good Digital Parenting campaign has identified ways to mitigate the harms so that parents and children can reap the rewards of digital technology.

The Coalition has traveled to several places in Mauritius and Rodrigues Island to target thousands of parents and disseminated the mission message that “We all want to be good parents and raise our children as well as we can.”

Mauritius International Exchange Partnership Towards Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In the context of the Mauritius International Exchange Partnership Towards Agenda 2030 for SDGs, Defence for Children International (DCI) hosted an international event spanning the months of July and August 2016. The organization welcomed international participants from:

· Republic of China

· Pakistan

· Estonia

· Poland

· Egypt

· Switzerland

· Morocco

· Hong Kong

· India.

The participants of this international exchange partnership, who were between 20 to 23 years old, shared experiences and showcased their activities in their respective countries with respect to problems facing children, as well as family and social networking issues. The international participants were also briefed on the projects that DCI ran and our national programs toward achieving the SDGs. The objective of the Mauritius Partnership Exchange Towards Agenda 2030 for SDGs presented an opportunity for Halley Movement and the international representatives to share lessons learned from past and ongoing experiences with activities associated with the SDGs and discussed challenges and opportunities for sustainable community development in the future, referring to experiences gathered from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the ongoing international policy process toward negotiation and the new SDGs.

 

Dziko Crews