GIS – 22 August 2017: The national first prize winner of the essay competition on Intergenerational solidarity organised by the Senior Citizens Council, which operates under the aegis of the Ministry of Social Security, is Ms Pallavi Rengasamy of Mohun Parsad Sharma Jugdambi State Secondary School, Goodlands.
The cash prize of Rs 10,000 was presented to the winner by the Minister of Social Security, National Solidarity, and Environment and Sustainable Development, Mr Etienne Sinatambou, at a prize giving ceremony held today at the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre in Bell Village. The second prize of Rs 7,000 was bagged by Ms Saima Durghohee of Mahatma Gandhi Secondary School Nouvelle France while Ms Bibi Sadiyah Deelawore from Bel Air State Secondary School was the third prize winner and granted Rs 5,000.
In his address on the occasion, the Minister commended the Senior Citizens Council for its string of activities designed to keep the elderly busy and productive. The Council organises, throughout the year, an array of events such as dancing, drama, quiz competition, storytelling, camping, seminars, and other leisure activities for its members. “It is important for the elderly not to be cut off from society or idle, and I salute the key role of the Senior Citizens Council in creating a net that engages more and more people,” stressed Mr Sinatambou.
According to the Minister, an ageing population may represent an enormous challenge in terms of economic, health and fiscal implications but it is also an indicator of the level of development of a nation. He stated that the growing number of elderly shows that there is an increase in life expectancy which, in turn, denotes a better quality of life for the Mauritian population.
Speaking on the various measures being implemented by Government to modernise the country and enhance the quality of life for every citizen, Mr Sinatambou pointed out that the forthcoming Metro Express project will provide a mass transit system, beneficial for all, including the elderly. He also talked of the Community Empowerment Project whereby IT assistants are deployed in various post offices across the country to empower retirees, the unemployed, the disabled, widows and orphans to use ICT and access online information and facilities.
Essay Competition – Intergenerational Solidarity
Lower VI students from 18 public and private secondary schools participated in the essay competition held in May 2017. The objectives were to sensitise young people on the issue of ageing and promote the concept of intergenerational solidarity.
All participating students were awarded a token, and authors of the best essay from each school received a cash prize of Rs 2,000.
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