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MCB’s ‘Make a wish’ contest powers sustainable development at grassroots

MCB’s ‘Make a wish’ contest powers sustainable development at grassroots

Mauritius financial services major MCB has launched an exciting challenge for the primary schools of Mauritius and Rodrigues: “What would you do with Rs 200,000 to improve the quality of life in your school?”

For the third consecutive year, Mauritius financial services major MCB has launched an exciting challenge for the primary schools of Mauritius and Rodrigues: “What would you do with Rs 200,000 to improve the quality of life in your school?”

The third edition of the ‘Make a wish’ contest has been officially launched today. It is this unusual examination that sees the MCB, The Ministry of Education and Human Resources and the primary schools of Mauritius and Rodrigues getting together to make children understand the value of money to make their dreams come true.

The primary school which will give the best answer will see its project being brought to life by the MCB within the framework of its 175 initiative in favor of sustainable development. The 175 initiative is an action plan by the MCB to promote environment conservation, energy saving and renewable energy generation.

For the third ‘Make a Wish’ contest, which has already seen the participation of a hundred schools since the first chapter of the contest in 2012, the MCB has opted for a simpler modus operandi. There is now no need for schools to submit a report. They can simply download a participation form which can be accessed on the MCB website, fill it then send it back to the MCB.

The objective behind this tweaking of the earlier format is to simplify the participation process and further boost the participation of schools.

Through the third edition of ‘Make a Wish’, the MCB repeats its invitation to pupils to brainstorm and work together with their parents and teachers to improve the school environment. Each primary school will have to submit a project involving a maximum investment of Rs 200,000 to improve the quality of life of the pupils and the teachers and to protect the environment.

The school will have to provide the justification for the project, along with the relative investment which have to be made for its implementation.

The MCB will receive applications till April 4 before submitting them to the jury, composed of representatives from the MCB, the Minister of Education and Human Resources and the Minister of Environment, and a psychologist.

The projects will be judged according to the following criteria: technical and financial feasibility, educational aspect, improvement of the quality of life, innovativeness, originality, and common participation (pupils, parents and teachers), and durability. The winning school will see its wish realized by the MCB during the winter holidays. The MCB will also reward projects finishing second and third with Rs 100,000 and Rs 50,000 respectively.

By encouraging students to think about the environment, the contest prepares the adults of tomorrow, as well as those around them, to become aware of what surrounds them and to think of ways to protect and respect nature. After all sustainable development it all about knowing how to respond to present needs without compromising the ability of future generation to respond to theirs.

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