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Mauritius’ GRSE Govt School realises its dreams under MCB’s Make A Wish

Mauritius’ GRSE Govt School realises its dreams under MCB’s Make A Wish

MCB declares winners of Make a Wish contest, held under the aegis of its Initiative 175, with three primary schools being financed by the Mauritian financial services major to realise projects for improving the quality of life in their schools.(Image: Company)

The suspense drew to a close for the primary schools of Mauritius and Rodrigues that participated in the 2015 edition of MCB’s “Make A Wish” contest.

The Grand Rivere South East (GRSE) Government School was chosen as the winner by a bulk of jury members, and will now be able to realise its dreams with the prize money of Rs 500,000 provided by the MCB. The prize itself was made over to school authorities under a surprise visit, which took place on Wednesday, July 1st.

The GRSE Government School professed its wish to be a study of the historic inheritance of the village and the school – the old military hospital of colonial times – culminating in the publication of a book redrawing the history of this establishment and the implementation of a special research facility powering such research.

The best answer to MCB’s question: “What would you do with Rs 500,000 to improve the quality of life in your school?” is what primary school sudents participating in “Make A Wish” had to come up with.

This competition that is organised by the MCB, with the support of the Ministry of Education and Human resources, was a big hit, as demonstrated by the quality and quantity of applications received. As many as 77 schools participated in the competition.

The Pointe aux Sables Government School secured second position with its project proposal consisting of construction of a facility from reusable materials within its premises. The facility will be used for art classes and craft workshops, and this project will get Rs 100,000 in financing from the MCB.

The Baie-aux-Huîtres Government School of Rodrigues secured third place with its Vertical Organic School Garden project involving a greenhouse, which will be financed for an amount of Rs 50,000 by the MCB.

For this fourth edition of the Make A Wish contest, the jury consisted of Aurélie Leclézio, Sustainable Development Coordinator at MCB; Michael Carcasse, Mechanical Engineer at the MCB; Douglas Potié, Supervisor at the Ministry of Education; and, Mariam Gopaul, independent teacher, who were all successfully wooed by the GRSE Government School initiative.

Make A Wish forms part of Initiative 175, which is an MCB project in favour of environmental protection, energy conservation and production of renewable energy. The MCB mobilizes such sustainable development projects through concrete initiatives, with the primary objective being to help change people’s mindset towards the environment.

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