GIS - 26 September, 2014: The Equal Opportunities Day focusing on the theme ‘Unity in diversity and nation building’ was observed this morning at the Octave Wiehe auditorium in Réduit. Several women and senior citizen associations, as well as students from secondary schools participated in an educational and cultural event organised at the initiative of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC).
In his address, the chairperson of the EOC, Mr Brian Glover, recalled that the foremost duty of the Commission is to work towards the elimination of discrimination and the promotion of equality of opportunity and good relations between persons of different status. In this respect, he said that it is important to bring about a change in the mindset of the people so that Mauritius can be transformed into a better place to live.
He pointed out that he has lots of hope on the youth, adding that this new generation should realise that they are the new players and that they should open their minds to changes. The youth, he said, is the catalyst to bring about change in the Mauritian society who can give a helping hand to the EOC to achieve its goals and mission.
Mr Glover elaborated on the system of positive action which is a means to eliminate discrimination in the society. According to him, the concept of positive action is different from positive discrimination. In positive action, steps are taken to tackle a particular disadvantage whereas positive discrimination means providing preferential treatment for a particular disadvantaged individual or group, said the EOC Chairperson.
He urged the youth to reconstruct Mauritius and build up the nation through social solidarity, while highlighting the importance of an approach based on responsibility, patriotism and engagement.
During the event, a special commemorative cover for the EOC was launched by the Chief Executive Officer of the Mauritius Post Ltd, Mr Giandev Moteea. This was followed by a prize giving ceremony to reward secondary school students who participated in an essay competition organised by the EOC. The Mahatma Gandhi Institute State Secondary School of Moka bagged the first prize of Rs 8 000. The second and third prizes went to Loreto College of Curepipe and the Royal College of Curepipe respectively.
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