Mauritius HR ministry ties up with Junior Achievement Mascareignes to upskill youth
On the same day, the MITD held another landmark event to sensitize Mauritian youth to green energy, as it hosted the prize giving ceremony for winners of three competitions focused on Energy Efficiency launched by the Energy Efficiency Management Office (EEMO) in March 2014. (Image: ibolo)
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was inked between Mauritius’ Ministry of Education and Human Resources, and NGO Junior Achievement Mascareignes (JAM) on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, to better serve the island youth by teaching them entrepreneurial and life skills.
The agreement was signed at the Mauritius Institute of Training and Development (MITD) House, Phoenix, by the Acting Senior Chief Executive, Ram Prakash Ramlugun, on behalf of the ministry, and the Executive Director of JAM, Michelle Lionnet.
The aim of this MoU is to enable JAM to gain access to more secondary schools, especially the private ones, to implement their programmes which revolve around the three pillars of financial literacy, employability/work readiness and entrepreneurship.
During the signing ceremony, the Ministry spokesperson, Director of Curriculum and Evaluation Aneeta Ghoorah, noted that some 10470 students both in Mauritius and Rodrigues aged 15-18 have followed JAM programmes that aim to equip youngsters with life skills and make better choices in the future.
“The content of many programmes has been adapted to the Mauritian context to complement the school curriculum, and provide students with early exposure to non-academic issues and subjects which will assume their full importance later in their professional life,” she said.
For her part, the president of JAM, Audrey D’Hotman De Villiers, stated that, through this MoU, the efforts of the Ministry and those of JAM will complement each other.
She highlighted that JAM’s mission is to serve the youth of Mauritius by teaching them entrepreneurial and life skills.
On the same day, the MITD held another landmark event to sensitize Mauritian youth to green energy, as it hosted the prize giving ceremony for winners of three competitions focused on Energy Efficiency launched by the Energy Efficiency Management Office (EEMO) in March 2014.
Launched in the context of the Energy Efficiency awareness campaign 2014 with the theme ‘Use energy efficiently and protect the environment’, the competition provided participants with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of energy efficiency and energy saving techniques, investigate related issues and propose solutions.
The contests were divided into three categories encompassing a painting competition, an essay competition and a project competition.
The painting competition was open to pupils of standards IV and V where the first prize was won by Hashir Ramdahen from Jules Koenig Government School.
The essay competition, which was open to students of Forms IV and V, was won by Tinusha Goorvadoo from Dunputh Lallah State College; while the award for the project competition, reserved for Lower Six students, was lifted by Gaetan Raynal State School.
A trophy, certificate and a cash prize of Rs 3,000, Rs 4,000 and Rs 16,000 respectively was given to the first prize winner in each category; besides, the second and third prize winners were duly rewarded as well.
“The aim of these contests is to bring about a positive shift in energy use patterns and promote its efficient deployment. I am confident that the youth will be able to contribute to the required changes in the mindset of the population,” said Mauritius energy minister Rashid Beebeejaun at the ceremony.
He pointed out the government is providing incentives that would encourage people to engage in clean energy and energy efficient practices and, in the years to come, the results will be seen in a striking way.
For his part, the United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Mauritius, Simon Springett, congratulated the students who have participated in these competitions.
According to him, their enthusiastic participation means that youngsters in Mauritius are reflecting on pertinent issues and how to address them in their daily lives.