GIS - 09 March, 2020: “The reform of the education sector is aligned with Government’s objectives to foster a holistic education that generates a forward-looking and innovative generation to contribute to the transformation of the country”, stated the Prime Minister, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, this morning, at the Côte d’Or Multi-sports Complex in Côte d’Or.
He was addressing some 150 Head Girls and Head Boys from secondary schools during a meeting organised in the context of celebrations marking the 52nd anniversary of the Independence of Mauritius and 28th anniversary of the Republic. The Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Education, Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun, was present on the occasion.
In his keynote address, Mr Jugnauth pointed out that the youth represents the present and future of Mauritius, expressing his firm belief in investing in them as it means investing in the future of the country. It is only a modern and globally-oriented education system that will help young people give their maximum potential in order to reshape our nation’s future, he added.
Prime Minister Jugnauth highlighted that innovation in all sectors, especially in ICT, is required for development as the country embarks on the path towards a Smart Mauritius. Government, he said, has developed a strategy for defining the roadmap to drive the uptake of artificial intelligence in the economy and is investing in the youth wishing to specialise in emerging technologies including Blockchain and artificial intelligence.
As regards sports, the Prime Minister further emphasised on the need to inculcate sporting values to the youth by encouraging them to practice a physical activity. He recalled that the Côte d’Or Multi-sports Complex, comprising an Olympic stadium, a modern football pitch in compliance with FIFA standards, an aquatic centre, and a multi-sports gym among others, was built to promote and develop the sports sector in the country, and to also be used as a hub for education and entertainment.
Speaking about the Liverpool Fan Club (LFC) International Football Academy, Mr Jugnauth said that it was chosen as it is one of the best and illustrious football academies in United Kingdom and around the world. The setting up of the academy is in line with the Government’s objective of increasing the level of standard in sports activities in the country while promoting opportunities to youngsters to pursue career locally and abroad.
The Prime Minister urged the youth to seek advice and guidance from their elders and parents as well as make judicious choices as regards social evils such as juvenile delinquency, drug scourge and the misuse of internet. On this score, he highlighted that the Head boys and Head girls have a major responsibility to play in guiding vulnerable students and set good examples. He also reiterated his firm commitment to combat illicit drugs and stated that the actions being undertaken in recent years bear testimony of his willingness and determination to step up this relentless fight.
As regards COVID-19, Mr Jugnauth appealed to the population to take the necessary actions in a bid to protect themselves from unwarranted risks and contain its spread. Government is leaving no stone unturned in preventing its entry in the country, he added.
For her part, Minister Dookun-Luchoomun pointed out that Government is working towards creating conducive conditions whereby the youth is provided with values to promote their personal growth, enhance their critical thinking and encourage them to innovate.
The Minister highlighted that the various reforms in the education and training sector are in line with Sustainable Development Goal 4 which aims at ensuring that the youth gets access to a modern, inclusive, equitable, quality and more accessible education.
She also encouraged the youth to nurture core values, namely hard work, self-respect, tolerance for others and respect for family values. The Minister highlighted the contribution of educators as enablers for the youth to acquire knowledge and evaluate their self-development process adding that academic effort coupled with discipline, leadership skills as well as intrinsic talents are essential to the well-being and progress of youngsters.
On this score, Mrs Dookun-Luchoomun urged youngsters to engage themselves in community-based activities and support Government's initiative to help the most vulnerable of the country and contribute to bring solutions to environmental concerns.
It is to be noted that students of France Boyer de la Giroday SSS and Dr James Burty David SSS made presentations on the theme of environment on that occasion.
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