GIS - 03 November, 2015: The Acting Prime Minister, Minister of Tourism and External Communications, Mr Xavier-Luc Duval, appealed for the introduction of local history in the school curriculum, during the celebrations marking the 181st Anniversary of the Commemoration of the Arrival of the Indentured Labourers in Mauritius at the Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site on 02 November 2015.
He reiterated the importance of history for a country like Mauritius which he said is generally unknown to many of our countrymen, especially the youth. He further highlighted that history is a subject which needs to be valorised and introduced in the education system and stressed that it is high time to give a greater place to our local history in the school curriculum.
He recalled the various progress achieved by Mauritius both on the economic and social fronts ever since colonial days to post independence which bears testimony to our ancestry which has helped make of Mauritius where it stands today. He reiterated the vision of the Government and called for a concerted effort from one and all to help the country adhere the rank of Higher Income Countries and achieve the 2nd economic miracle.
According to Mr Xavier-Luc Duval, Mauritians have laboured hard to make of Mauritius one of the most developed nations on the African continent. He also dwelt on the primary role of government today, which is to give each and every one the equal opportunity to reach his potential, to fulfil his ambition for a better life.
Meritocracy is something that we owe to the descendants of all those who suffered on the oceans to reach Mauritius and help make it what it is today. Meritocracy goes hand in hand with democracy, another key element of our success since independence, he concluded.
For his part, the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Santaram Baboo, spoke on the economic potential of Aapravasi Ghat as a tourist attraction. On this score, he announced that a consultant will look into the ways to exploit the various potentials. He also reiterated the full support of the Government to follow-up all the cases to be inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
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