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Changing your mindset

By Girish Lowtun, Adil Jhungeer, Nanreshsing Sungkur, Anas Aubdoolah, Heman Shamachurn, Ranghanarda Thielamay of Sookdeo Bisoondoyal State College, Mauritius.

In 2004, students from Sookdeo Bisoondoyal State College, as part of their activities on the Small Islands Voice Youth Internet Forum, undertook a project called Changing your mindset.


Presenting 'Changing your mindset' at the Small Islands Voice
Side event at Community Vilaj, 10th January 2005.

They undertook a brainstorming exercise and identified the problems facing people in Mauritius. The problems identified ranged from racism to child abuse to piracy. They identified and analysed ten main problem areas:

  • Economy
  • Employment
  • Health care
  • People's mindset
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Tourism
  • Decline in moral and/or traditional values
  • Increased crime and violence
  • Good governance

The team ranked the problems based on their own knowledge and experiences. The results showed that changing people's mindset was the most important - all too often negative thinking was present, and this prevented advancement both for the individual and the country. Furthermore they felt that prevention is better than cure.

The team then prepared an action plan on ways to improve people's mindset. This included:

  • Sensitisation campaigns with posters, stickers and leaflets
  • Use of mass media: radio, television, newspapers, magazines
  • Education at early childhood: specialised teachers for citizen education

Finally they produced and distributed a brochure calling on people to 'Choose your own destiny', with graphical representations of negative and positive destinies.

The world will change if you change your mindset

The group of six students presented their project, as a powerpoint presentation, at the Small Islands Voice side event to the Main International UN Meeting, held at the Community Vilaj, Freeport on 19th January 2005.


Girish Lowtun, Adil Jhungeer, Nanreshsing Sungkur, Anas
Aubdoolah, Heman Shamachurn, Ranghanarda Thielamay
of Sookdeo Bisoondoyal State College, Mauritius, together
with Gillian Cambers, Global Coordinator of Small Islands Voice

 

To get involved, contact :

 
 

Mr. Pynee Chellapermal
Centre for Documentation, Research and Training on the South West Indian Ocean
P.O. BOX 91, Rose Hill, Republic of Mauritius
T +230 465 5036
F +230 465 1422
pynee@.mu.refer.org

 

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