GIS - 20 August, 2014: The winners of three competitions focused on Energy Efficiency launched by the Energy Efficiency Management Office (EEMO) in March 2014 were rewarded during a prize giving ceremony held this morning at the Mauritius Institute of Training and Development in Phoenix.
Launched in the context of the Energy Efficiency awareness campaign 2014, the competitions provided students with an opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of energy efficiency and energy saving, investigate related issues and propose solutions.
The competitions were: Painting Competition 2014 aimed at pupils of standards IV and V students; Essay Competition 2014 opened to students of Forms IV and V students; and Project Competition 2014 for Lower Six students. The theme was ‘Use energy efficiently and protect environment’. A shield, certificate and cash prize were awarded to the winners in the three categories.
For the painting competition, the first prize was awarded to Hashir Ramdahen from the Jules Koenig Government School. Tinusha Goorvadoo from Dunputh Lallah State College won the first prize in the essay category while Gaetan Raynal State School bagged the first prize for the project competition. A cash prize of Rs 3 000, Rs 4 000 and Rs 16 000 was given to the winners of the painting, essay and project competitions respectively. The second and third prize winners received cash prizes as well.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Public Utilities, Dr Rashid Beebeejaun, who was present at the ceremony said that people need to change their mindset about adopting energy efficient measures especially the youth. He pointed out that the government is providing incentives that would encourage people to engage in clean energy and energy efficient practices and in the years to come, the results will be seen in a striking way.
According to Dr Beebeejaun, the aim of these competitions is to change behaviours on energy use and promote its efficient use. He expressed confidence that the youth will be able to contribute to the required change in the mindset of the population.
For his part, the United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative, Mr Simon Springett, congratulated the students who have participated in the competitions. Their participation means that the Mauritian youth is reflecting on pertinent issues and how to address them in our daily lives.
He recalled that energy efficiency means producing more with less energy. Being energy efficient is therefore important as it enables us to lessen emission of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere and protect the environment, he added.
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