GIS -28 December 2015: ‘The youth, for me, represent first and foremost a change for a better future and a better society. This change must focus on a work culture, discipline, respect, sacrifice and an entrepreneurship spirit’.
This constituted the essence of the message by the President of the Republic, Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, in her first Christmas and New Year message to the population on 25 December 2015. She also invited young Mauritians to continue to dream and nurture ambitious goals for the country. ‘Young people must be self-confident, as well as have faith in their capacities and in their country’, she pointed out.
The President highlighted the importance of quality education as it is through good education that young people will develop an improved open-mindedness which will take them towards achieving their aspirations.
Speaking about science and technology, Dr Gurib-Fakim stressed that these constitute the engine for socioeconomic development and hence, it is crucial to ensure that children develop a scientific culture from a very young age.
Moreover, the President dwelt on the role of communication and information in today’s world. While observing that the world is ultra-connected and that information and access to information is transforming our society, the way we learn and the way we communicate, she made an appeal for an informed use of social networks so as not to put at risk our social fabric.
The President underlined the example which Mauritius sets to the world in terms of social harmony, peace and stability constituting essential elements for the economic development of the country.
On climate change, President Gurib-Fakim stated that it is an issue which is worsening including a rise in sea-level, and with many countries facing drought, while others face flood and famine. According to her, all these factors contribute to increase poverty. She emphasised on the important role of entrepreneurship in facing the challenges of climate change, as well as helping the country to become more dynamic.
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