GIS - Dec 06, 2012: Government is initiating an innovative programme, namely the National Institute for Civic Education (NICE), aimed at nurturing citizens who are filled with pride in national identity, said the Senior Chief Executive of the Prime Minister’s Office, Mrs K.O Fong Weng-Poorun, yesterday during a press conference in Port Louis.
Around 200 Form IV students of both gender aged 15 to 16 years in state and private secondary schools in Mauritius and Rodrigues will participate in the programme. The pilot project will be held from 11 to 20 December 2012. The President of the Republic will officially launch the project at Sir Abdool Raman Osman State College in Phoenix while the Prime Minister will be the guest of honour at the closing ceremony which will be held at the Pointe Jérôme Youth Training Centre.
Mrs Fong Weng-Poorun pointed out that the NICE pilot project is in line with the Government Programme 2012-2015 and aims to establish a national initiative for the youths of Mauritius that would inculcate a sense of national belonging and rootedness. The programme will also provide a common platform for shared experience; strengthen ruggedness, resolve and discipline; provide useful skills and vocational knowledge; and engage the youths in meaningful activities, she said.
From 11 to 15 December 2012, the programme will take place at Sir Abdool Raman Osman State College and the Gymnasium of the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Phoenix where the programme will be activity based. Participants will be placed on 17 and 18 December in an organisation where they can become familiar to a core sector. On 19 and 20 December 2012, there will be a residential seminar at the Pointe Jérome Youth Training Centre.
The programme will revolve around four themes: individual, community, society and country. The component ‘individual’ comprises leadership, creativity, healthy lifestyle and entrepreneurship skills. The theme ‘community’ englobes unity in diversity and promotion of harmonious living. The component ‘society’ comprises discipline, societal norms and responsibility while the theme ‘country’ focuses on history, democracy and nation building.
A Tracks Programme will also be held during the second week of the pilot phase and students will be sent for placement in various organisations/companies in different fields such as hospitality, service, environment, technical/vocational, IT/Media, agriculture, SMEs, public Service, uniformed Services and social services.