Update From Mauritius


March 2015 Report From Mahendranath Busgopaul, Halley Movement

The objectives for the education sector of Mauritius are sustaining equitable access to quality education and ensuring that all learners attain high levels of achievement in literacy, numeracy, information and communications technology, and such essential life skills as sound human values, healthy lifestyle, and so forth as the basis for lifelong learning and good citizenship. Another priority is ensuring that all students are given the opportunity to embark on and complete secondary education to enhance their employability and to be able to access higher education and training when they gain their maturity.

Our last survey, conducted in March 2015, identified 939 pre-primary schools in the country, with an enrollment of 29,832 children (50% girls), and 320 primary schools, with an enrollment of 103,642 pupils (51% boys). Secondary education was provided by 177 schools to 114,311 students (52% girls). Tertiary level enrollment was at almost the same level as in 2013: 50,608 students in 2014, compared to 50,579 in 2013.

A new educational project is in the pipeline: nine-year schooling. It was announced by the Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research in her statement at the National Assembly on the 5 March 2015. There will no longer be a CPE (Certificate of Primary Education) examination. Instead, the PSAC (Primary School Achievement Certificate) will pave the way for the Nine Year Schooling Project.

Summary of Activities

ACEI-Mauritius, with Halley Movement as the lead, conducted a series of community-based activities through Action2015/Mauritius. All the activities pertained to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The following summarizes activities conducted by ACEI and the Coalition:

Official Launching of Action2015/Mauritius
Action 2015/Mauritius was launched on 15 January 2015, at Le Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel, Port-Louis, Mauritius. Guests who attended the launch included State Ministers of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare and Minister of Environment, National Emergency Centre and Beach Authority. The launch was attended by 60 participants, including 15 young people (15-year-olds).

National Day Celebrations for BETA (Basic Education to Adolescents) Programme
A national day event was organized on 14 March 2015, at Batimarais Community Centre for 30 BETA (Basic Education to Adolescents) Learners. The Chief Guest was the Chairman of the Savanne District Council, Mr. Rajiv Luchman. Other guests included District Counsellors. Parents of the learners also attended the ceremony. A video projection depicting the work during the past year was shown. All learners were presented with educational materials, including pencil cases, flyers, stickers, educational SDs, and posters.

Global Day of Citizen Action
A one-day workshop on Citizen Action was organized at the headquarters of Halley Movement on 16 May 2015. It was attended by representatives of non-governmental organizations and others in partnership with Halley Movement. The chief guest was H.E. Dr. N. Nokwe, High Commissioner of South Africa.

Capacity Building for Girls and Women on Gender & ICT
A two-day workshop was organized at Ferney Community Centre for approximately 150 participants. Guests who attended were Hon. Minister Mr. P. Koonjoo and Mrs. S. Boygah, Private Parliamentary Secretary. The purpose of the training was to explore the impact of the internet on women and girls, focusing on ways the internet is enabling, threatening, and altering the exercise of certain rights by women and girls in Mauritius.

Outreach Seminars for Village Leaders
Two one-day seminars were organized at the Moka District Council, Quartier Millitaire and at Belle Mare. Guests who attended were Hon. Minister of Youth and Sports and Hon. Minister of Education.

National Rally for Young People
On 1 August 2015, a National Youth Rally was organized as a prelude to sensitizing young people about the SDGs and to celebrate International Youth Day. The rally was launched by Hon. Minister Mahen Seeruttun, Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security. The rally included approximately 400 young people, who traveled to various regions of the country in order to discuss youth-oriented topics, such as youth decision making, youth finance, and climate change. It started at Rose-Belle at 9:30 a.m., continued at Triolet at 12:00 p.m., and then ended at Helvetia Youth Centre at 16:00 p.m.

For more information:

Halley Movement: NGO working for child and family in Africa and Indian Ocean region: http://halleymovement.org/

Anne Bauer