- 01 December, 2016: The National Children’s Council, in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare is donating educational toys to more than 100 Agalegan children to enable them to learn while playing.
The gift donation ceremony was held today in Roche Bois at the seat of Assocation Les Amis d’Agalega, a non-governmental organisation working for the welfare of the Agalegan community, in the presence of the Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Marie-Aurore Perraud, and the Chairperson of the National Children’s Council, Mrs Marie Aimée Thomas.
In her address, Mrs Perraud said that the Ministry, in line with its mandate to promote the development and welfare of children of the Republic of Mauritius, will endeavour to assist Agalegan children to grow and reach their full potential, so that they can contribute to the socio-economic development of their island. In this context a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, and the Outer Islands Development Corporation (OIDC) is underway, she said.
With reference to the visit undertaken by high officials from the Ministry to Agalega this year to take cognizance of the situation regarding children’s welfare, it has been reported that Agalegan children do not fare well at school. The Minister expressed her dissatisfaction with the low pass rate of Agalegan students, and urged parents to show more interest and be engaged in their children's education.
Over 100 children attend pre-primary, primary and secondary institutions in Agalega. There are 18 children who are studying in mainland Mauritius, for whom arrangements are made by OIDC to proceed to Agalega, free of charge, to visit their parents during the school holidays.
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