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Act Today for tomorrow: Mauritius Glass Gallery launches eco-friendly school project

Act Today for tomorrow: Mauritius Glass Gallery launches eco-friendly school project

Phoenix Beveragessubsidiary, the Mauritius Glass Gallery, launched a school environment project to generate national awareness on household adoption of the 3Rs reduce, re-use or recycle for a cleaner, greener and safer Mauritius. (Image: Wazna Gunga)

Mauritius Glass Gallery (MGG) aims to sensitise young people to take responsibility for the environment and, in line with this objective,Phoenix Beverages’subsidiary has launched a national school competition to generate household awareness onthe 3Rs —reduce, reuse or recycle.

The competition, undertaken by MGG in association with both private and public organisations, was launched on Monday, 1 June 2015, at the MGG premises in the presence of Environment Minister Raj Dayal.

The minister highlighted:“The launch of theschool environment project is in accordance with the vision of my ministry and is also part of my personal agenda to create a cleaner, greener and safer Mauritius. Most children want to make a difference and are motivated when they see the opportunities that exist.This is exactly what the Act Today for Tomorrow projectoffers. A real change in our environment is possible only if students adopt a responsible mindset today.”

All through June, all schools willing to participate in the competition can visit the MGG to obtain the necessary information which will be placed at their disposal by the partners associated with the project, namely: the Environment Ministry, Green Mission, Reef Conservation, Mauritius Marine Society, NergySave, Slow Food Tipa Tipa and the GML foundation.

The objective of this project is to create an interactive approach towards household material consumption, with the basic idea being that students conceive a new and creative concept around household waste reduction, reuse and recycling.

The project will take place in two phases with the first part concentrating on detailing the project, which must revolve around one of the three ‘ R ‘ –Reduce,Re-Use or Recycle.The deadline for participants to register is the July 7, 2015,andthe project submission deadlineis September 15, 2015.The second phase includes the implementation of the project, with its deadline being March, 2016.

Finally, it may be noted that primary and secondary school projects will be separately evaluated. Here, Annette Ebsen Treebhoobun, General Manager of MGG, declared: “We hope that this project will bring schools together to brainstorm around a project which would develop creative, simple and effective ideas to improve our environment on a daily basis. We hope that young people can inspire adults and encourage a change in their behaviour towards wastage.”

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