Mauritius education minister in Rwanda for UNESCO’s regional education conference
The Conference of Ministers of Education of the African Union (COMEDAF) and the Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Ministerial Conference on Education Post-2015 is being organised by UNESCO in partnership with the Government of Rwanda, UNICEF and other EFA partners from 09 February to 11 February 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda. (Image: Adeanet)
Mauritius education minister Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun has led a delegation to Rwanda for the Conference of Ministers of Education of the African Union (COMEDAF) and the Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Ministerial Conference on Education Post-2015.
The event is being organised by UNESCO in partnership with the Government of Rwanda, UNICEF and other EFA partners from 09 February to 11 February 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.
This regional conference will also serve as a platform for the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) and for the Mauritius Ministry of Education to officially launch the Inter Country Quality Node for Early Childhood Development (ICQN-ECD) during a cocktail/reception scheduled for this evening.
The ICQN-ECD that serves as a conduit for policy dialogue and best practice sharing among Member States is led by Mauritius because of progress achieved in this domain.
The Mauritius education minister will address her colleagues, Ministers of the African Continent, and will make a Call for Action for promotion of ECD in Africa and invite them as well as Development Partners to adhere to the ICQN-ECD.
The year 2015 marks the end of the global Education For All (EFA) as well as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).The Second Decade of Education for Africa also comes to an end in 2015. For the post 2015 period, Africa has developed the Common Africa Position, as well as the visionary Africa Agenda 2063 to provide guiding frameworks for development in all sectors.
The expected outcomes of this conference are first, a shared vision and understanding of EFA status in the region; secondly, regional perspectives on the proposed post-2015 global education goal and targets; and finally, regional contributions to the development of the Post-2015 Framework for Action and implementation strategy.
The event will also see Supervising Officer RP Ramlugun and Director (International Relations and Strategic Planning and Reforms), Mrs M. Soonarane, accompany the Mauritius education minister for the high-level conference.
Earlier, at an event held last week, the education minister stated that “there is a need to make science more appealing to students, to make science classes both inquiry-based and action-oriented, fun and interactive; in short, you, educators, have to help develop what Indians love to call the ‘scientific temper’.”
The event marked the launch of two project-based science competitions namely, ‘Young Scientists in Action’ and ‘Science Quest’, sponsored by the Mauritius Commercial Bank, on Friday, February 06, 2015.
During the ceremony which took place at Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre (RGSC) in Bell Village, the minister said that she was dismayed by the trend that is being noted year-on-year pertaining to the unwillingness of of students to opt for science at SC and HSC levels, culminating in a comparatively low percentage of science students.
“This is surprising when we consider the fact that all pupils of primary sector have to study science and sit for the subject at the CPE,” she said.
She stated that it was urgent to reverse the trend, and urged the collaboration of educators to motivate more and more students to take up the science stream, stressing the importance of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for rapid economic development.
While commending the work and customised science activities for schools as well as the science education programme for the general public carried out by the RGSC, the Education Minister has expressed the wish to see the entire campus of the RGSC become a hub bustling with STI activities all through the day with a flow of visitors visiting the Centre for its exhibitions, its fairs and other interactive features.
Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun also called for a series of outreach programmes through a strong partnership with the private sector that would contribute to enhancing the standing and reputation of the RGSC.