GIS – 22 July 2015: A Training programme on Tourism and Hospitality for a group of 20 instructors from the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia was launched today at the MITD Ecole Hôtelière Sir Gaëtan Duval (EHSGD), in Ebène.
An initiative of the MITD EHSGD, the programme is in line with Government’s policy orientation to position the MITD as a Regional Training of Trainers Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training in Southern and Eastern African, COMESA and SADC.
The fifteen-day training is focusing on food preparation, food and beverage service, pastry making and housekeeping. The second group comprising 24 instructors, is expected to start training on Tourism, Front Office and IT on 12 August 2015.
It is recalled that the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia launched an expression of interest in June 2014 for the training of Ethiopian instructors in the field of tourism and hospitality under the Ethiopian Sustainable Tourism Development Project, financed by the International Development Association, World Bank.
The MITD EHSGD was shortlisted and its proposal retained with the award of the contract in April 2015 to the tune of 48304 USD for the training of 44 instructors from four Ethiopian Technical and Vocational Education and Training institutions.
Mauritius regional leader for the knowledge hub, says Education Minister
Mauritius is positioning itself into a leading knowledge hub in the region, and is already crafting its reputation as a reliable and trusted provider of quality education and training, said the Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun in her address at the launching ceremony.
According to her, many national policies in Africa are being framed in regional terms primarily because of commonality of goals. Mauritius is all too keen to implement the policy of mutuality of support and believes that national institutions should be helping each other to attain their common goals, the Minister pointed out.
Speaking about the training, the Minister observed that this program for Ethiopian nationals is a symbol of the recognition of Mauritius as a major tourist destination. The tourism sector, she stated, contributes significantly to economic growth and has proved to be a key factor in the overall development of Mauritius. Moreover, the Minister said both Mauritius and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia are condemned to raise the level of tourism which is poised to grow and remain a major generator of revenue. ‘And since we all want to maintain a regional form of tourism, the level of training has to be raised as well’, she added.
The EHSGD formerly known as the Hotel School of Mauritius, was founded in 1971 as a joint venture between the United Nations Development Programme, International Labour Organisation and the French Government to train employees of the Hotel and Tourism industry.
The Hotel and Tourism industry is the fastest moving industry in the world where global employment in different sectors like cruiselines, hotels and tourism offices exist.
Thus in order to meet the growing demand in these sectors, a vast array of award courses are offered by the EHSGD on full time, part time and apprenticeship modes in Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure trades. Besides, approximately 50 short courses are offered on part time evening mode. The EHSGD even offers customised modules to suit the needs of organisations and individuals on request.
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