An award ceremony, for primary and secondary students who participated in the Eco-Schools Programme 2018, was held yesterday at the Auditorium of Mahatma Gandhi Institute, in Moka. The programme targets primary and secondary schools to encourage them stimulate creativity and capacity so as to come up with innovative ideas to promote environmental sustainability.

The President of NGO Reef Conservation, Mr Francois Rogers, and the Director (Pre-Primary & Primary), Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Mrs Aneeta Ghoorah, were present.

In his address, Mr Rogers pointed out that Eco-Schools Mauritius, as part of the global Eco-Schools programme, join almost 55,000 schools in 61 other countries around the globe, working to achieve the international standards of excellence for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

For her part, Mrs Ghoorah highlighted that the ESD consists of three types of awards: the Bronze, Silver and the culminating award being the Green Flag Award. Mauritius, she underscored, has received 16 green flags this year. Rajiv Gandhi Government School and Dunputh Lallah SSS were among the grand winners of the Green Flag award.

This year's Eco-Schools programme was in line with the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Mauritius, the Greening Mauritius Competition and the National Clean-up Campaign 2018. The Eco-Schools pilot programme was launched in Mauritius in April 2015.

The award event was organised by the NGO Reef Conservation in collaboration with the Mauritius National Eco Schools Committee, a cross-disciplinary committee of government and non-government partners under the aegis of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research. A CD, entitled Discover the wonders of the ocean was launched on that occasion.

Greening Mauritius and Clean Up Campaign-Best School Competitions

Greening Mauritius competition 2018 edition took on board 10 students from each participating school to carry out specific activities such as greening of public building premises and mural paintings on the theme The Mauritian Flora. Winners of Mural Painting were awarded their prizes in March 2018.

The Clean Up Campaign-Best School Competition 2018 aimed at rewarding the three best primary and secondary schools which satisfied the following criteria: cleaning and embellishment of school buildings and yard, mural paintings, implementing a composting project at school, the segregation of waste ongoing, the reuse and recycling of waste materials/plastic and paper and the good maintenance of gardens (endemic/medicinal).

Source: Government of Mauritius