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Science, Technology and Innovation is the future, says Education Minister

Date: May 10, 2018
Domain:Education & Training
Persona: Business; Citizen; Government; Non-Citizen
 

GIS  – 10 May, 2018: “Science, Technology and Innovation is our future and if Mauritius wants to evolve, we must have more scientists and encourage more research in all areas and look for solutions to current and emerging issues”, said the Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun, yesterday at the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre (RGSC), in Bell Village.
 
The Minister was speaking at the launching ceremony of the National Science Week 2018 and the first edition of a National Youth Conference (NYC) focused on the theme ‘Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for the next 50 years of Mauritius’.  The objective is to encourage the public to take an interest for Science and to reveal the practical importance of Science and Technology in various sectors of the economy.
 
More than ever before, the present era in which we are living in is that of science and technology, said the Minister in her opening address.  She recalled that both science and technology are seen as the tools par excellence to address global 21st century issues such as climate change, energy challenges, and global access to food and clean drinking water.
 
“It should come as no surprise that practically every country today talks of the significance to be attached to Science and Technology as the means to bring in innovation.  If we really are serious about transforming Mauritius into a knowledge-based economy, and want the new economic pillars like the Ocean economy, Food Security, Renewable Energy, ICT and Sustainable Development to take off, we have to strengthen our STI capabilities”, she added.
 
NSW 2018
 
The National Science Week (NSW), organised at the initiative of the RGSC, brings together some 15 stakeholders from different Ministries and parastatal bodies to participate in an exhibition, from 9 to 12 May 2018, to showcase science-related technologies to the public.
 
The exhibitors are: Albion Fisheries; Mauritius Oceanography Institute; Mauritius Meteorological Services; Police Crime Prevention Unit; Anti-Drug and Smuggling Unit; Road Safety Unit; Police Helicopter Squadron; Maritime Air Squadron; Department of Health Sciences of the University of Mauritius; Ministry of Health and Quality of Life; Mauritius Institute for Training and Development; Aeronautical Society of Mauritius; Mauritius Fire and Rescue Service; and Reef Conservation Mauritius.
 
In addition, a series of parallel activities is scheduled specifically targeting women and students during the NSW. The programme of activities which kick-started on 7 May 2018 comprise workshops on Science At Home; and, a business planning approach to the Sustainable Development Goals.  A Career Fair and Science Shows are also scheduled.
 
NYC
 
The NYC is targeting Higher School Certificate students.  It aims at raising awareness on how STI can play a strategic role in addressing issues of national importance and finding sustainable solutions to problems to ensure a brighter future for Mauritius.
 
The focus during the Conference is on: poverty alleviation, healthcare, food and nutrition, digital literacy, clean energy, sustainable tourism, and climate change.
 
RGSC, a parastatal body under the aegis of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, is mandated to promote science and technology among the population and to supplement school education using a non-formal way.
 
Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: gis@govmu.org  Website: http://gis.govmu.org
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