A mural painting activity engaging youths, on the logo ‘Krouink’, the mascot of the forthcoming Indian Ocean Island Games (IOIG) 2019, was launched by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Stephan Toussaint, this morning at the Floreal Youth Centre.
In a statement, Minister Toussaint underlined that this initiative aims at increasing the visibility of IOIG 2019 and to encourage Mauritians to take an interest in this key national event. The mural painting of ‘Krouink’ will be replicated across the 27 Youth Centres of Mauritius, he pointed out.
The Minister expressed satisfaction as regards the active participation and interest of young people in this activity and other preparations in the context of IOIG 2019. He also called upon more organisations to spearhead such initiatives to ensure that IOIG 2019 gets optimum coverage across the Island.
Mauritius will be hosting the 10th edition of the Indian Ocean Island Games which is scheduled from 19 to 28 July 2019. Some 2000 athletes of seven islands of the region will participate in 14 sports disciplines.
It is recalled that the IOIG is a multi-sports event held every four years among athletes from Indian Ocean islands. The objectives are to contribute to regional cooperation through the development of sport in the region, and build friendship and mutual understanding between the peoples of the islands of the Indian Ocean, in the spirit of the Olympics.
Source Government of Mauritius
Mauritius government has reiterated its commitment in ensuring the social and emotional well-being of students in the country.
Addressing Head boys and Head girls of colleges from different zones at the Polytechnics Mauritius in Montagne Blanche earlier on today, Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth, emphasised the importance for the youth to discover their capabilities and unlock their potentials in various fields.
“The Mauritian youth will be called upon to assume major roles in reshaping the nation’s future and contribute to the socio-economic development of the country. It is essential to equip them with life-long learning opportunities and equip them with skills for life,” he said.
Jugnauth noted that career pathways in the fields of Technical and Vocational Education and Training should be highly encouraged in order to keep pace with emerging technologies. He further added that various reforms in the education and training sector were in line with Sustainable Development Goal 4 which aims at ensuring an inclusive and equitable quality education.
“Free tertiary education, Nine-Year Basic Continuous Education Programme, introduction of Holistic Education Programme, Afterschool Sports and Fitness Programme and Emotional and Social Well-being Programme, are few examples of reforms brought in a bid to ensure the positive overall development of learners,” he explained.
The Prime Minister cautioned the students about social ills like juvenile delinquency, drug scourge and the misuse of internet, urging them to seek advice and guidance from their elders and parents and make cautious choices at the different stages of their life.
Source African Daily Voice