GIS - Dec 26, 2012: Education, national unity and social stability were at the forefront of the end of year message to the nation of the President of the Republic, Mr. Rajkeswur Purryag, GCSK, GOSK, delivered on 25 December 2012.
The President of the Republic qualified education as the bedrock of a modern society as it is the only asset in terms of resources that has made the country reach new heights, stressing the role of parents in this process. ‘Every child should have access to education and there is a need to adopt quality education and a lifelong learning process, which are essential for the nation’s future and the prospective development of the country,’ he stated.
On this score, he paid tribute to the Father of the Nation, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, for having given free education to every child, which, he said, was as a historic step forward for our children. He also made an appeal to the youth, who are the future of the country to demonstrate more discipline in their everyday life.
The President called for the consolidation of national unity and social stability, which according to him, is at the core of a good society and will further help steer the country on the path to more prosperity, higher standards of living, and a more just society.
It is a fact that today Mauritius has gained international recognition and has made tremendous progress on both the economic and social front owing to the above factors, and without which the country would not have stand where it is today, said Mr Purryag.
The President also expressed concern over the issue of absolute poverty in the country and he reiterated Government’s commitment into eradicating absolute poverty through a series of actions with the support of the private sector, the corporate social responsibility programme and the civil society. He was confident that with the support of all stakeholders further progress will be made so as to help those families who live a life of deprivation to integrate mainstream society.