A whole range of recreational and fun activities have been scheduled during a Family Week-End, 18 and 19 May 2013, at discounted prices to mark the International Day of Families with the objective of strengthening family ties and enhancing values for family life.
The endeavour is in line with the theme chosen by the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare to commemorate the International Day of Families, observed on 15 May each year: Ansam fer tou nou fami kontan (Together, let’s make family life happy).
Following arrangements between the Ministry and other stakeholders such as the Ministry of Tourism and Leisure and private sector operators, participating operators will slash their access fees in half to enable the public to visit leisure facilities, nature parks and reserves. Those places include L’Aventure du Sucre, La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes, Casela Nature and Leisure Park, Blue Safari, Cerf Volants - les Tyroliennes de Chazal, La Vallée des Couleurs Nature Park, La Vallée de Ferney Forest and Wildlife Reserve and Mauritius Aquarium. In addition, nautical activities such as sub-marine, sub-scooter and glass bottom boats, among others, will be offered at special prices in Mon Choisy and Belle Mare.
Prior to the Family Week-End, the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare will launch on 15 May a School of Music and Dance in St Pierre. Talks on Strengthening Values for Family Life and a half-day symposium for women associations will also be held.
It is to be recalled that the International Day of Families was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 to reflect the importance the international community attaches to families. It provides an opportunity to promote awareness on issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families. The theme chosen by the United Nations is Advancing Social Integration and Intergenerational Solidarity.
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