15.10.2008 -

Mauritius’ efforts at sustainable development

“If Mauritius succeeds, the world can,” said Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam talking of his island’s efforts at sustainable development and education at a meeting of UNESCO’s Executive Board.

Mr Ramgoolam said the Mauritian government had drawn on UNESCO’s substantial fund of knowledge and experience in improving areas such as teacher training, building sustainable development issues into education and promoting eco-citizenship. Massive investment had been made in education and a review of school curricula at all levels undertaken to ensure they met development needs.

“UNESCO has a pivotal role in addressing the disparities in scientific capacities that thwart the efforts of Member States to achieve sustainable development. Recognizing the core competencies of UNESCO, my Government has turned to this organization for expertise,” he said.

In particular Mauritius was working to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and its efforts could be duplicated by other developing islands. “Those who know Mauritius know that this island is a microcosm of the world,” said Mr Ramgoolam.

Education for sustainable development aims to help people understand the consequences of their actions in regard to the environment and offers solutions to ecology problems that don’t compromise the choices of future generations.

Contact: esddecade(at)unesco.org http://cms01.unesco.org/?id=


Related links

Eco-citizenship and general public awareness

Good practices in teacher education

UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development: 31 March to 2 April 2009


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