- 28 October, 2016:
The two winners of the 2016 Award for the E-Learning System, a web-based learning platform for the Public Sector, were announced yesterday. The Minister of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms and Minister of Environment, Sustainable Development, and Disaster and Beach Management, Mr Alain Wong Yen Cheong, was present at the award ceremony.
The competition was launched on 29 July 2016 and a total of 63 entries were received. Participants had to complete four core courses and two elective courses. The four main courses were Code of Ethics for Public officers, Performance Management System in the Civil Service, Gender Equality and Enhancing Integrity in the Public Sector. Some electives from which the participants had to choose were Stress Management, Integrated Vector Management and Responsible Care Programme, among others.
In his address, the Minister pointed out that the ELS Award reflects the commitment of the Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms towards the effective development of human resources. He stressed that Government is leaving no stone unturned to invest in training and development to public officers so as to equip them with the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies to help them perform their duties more effectively, efficiently and in a more customer-friendly manner.
Mr Alain Wong also underlined the need to develop a skillful and competent human resource base. ‘Knowledgeable workers represent the brainpower and the intellectual capital required to ensure and sustain the competitive advantage of our public sector organisations’, he added.
The two winners will participate in a workshop in Singapore, on “Collaborative Innovation in Service Delivery”, scheduled from 1 to 3 November 2016. The workshop will provide a platform for them to identify synergies, challenges and lessons in building collaborative approaches to public service delivery. Furthermore, they will have the opportunity to enhance their ability to develop cross-sector and cross-agency collaboration in different contexts.
The ELS: A tool for mass training
The ELS is a web-based learning platform, consisting of various courses, which uses multimedia (including sound and videos). This new learning tool was launched in March 2016 by the Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms. Courses available on the ELS platform are Stress Management, Code of Ethics for Public officers, Gender Equality and Performance Management System in the Civil Service, amongst others.
The ELS was initially accessible to about 10,000 persons who hold a government email address. Arrangements have been made through the Civil Service College, Mauritius (CSCM) to facilitate access of all public officers to the site. The implementation of the ELS will help the Ministry through the CSCM, to cater for the specific training needs of employees of all public bodies, including parastatal organisations and Local Authorities, thus ensuring the training of the critical mass of around 85, 000 public officers in the long term.
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