The Next Generation

“Education, education, education” has long been a mantra of Reef Conservation Mauritius so how are they getting the message across to the current generation of students? To find out, we paid a visit to “Nauticaz”, a facility provided by Attitude Resorts at Marina Hotel, Anse la Raie and operated by Reef. It comprises a small class room which doubles as a laboratory, a library and a beautiful marine aquarium.

We were introduced to one of the instructors who exemplifies the old adage that “the best way to learn is to teach”. Olivier Eyries is a French university student on a short internship in Mauritius organised by AISEC who wanted to find out more about the environment. His task was to take students from Hampstead Junior School, Pamplemousses on an informative tour of the surroundings.
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Why so much arrogance in our Society?

By Tejcoomar Luchmun.

“You say that your hope is in God, and he will, I am sure, stand by you. But you must not forget that you have been given worldly means to use and employ against human arrogance and wrong; it is necessary to see such things with a broad mind in order to oppose them.” Knute Nelson

Of the many bad habits humans are known for having, arrogance should rank among the worst. It may only seem impolite behaviour and therefore relatively harmless, but underneath can lie trouble… Continue reading

The MID Vision

Last year’s  public consultation exercise on the vision for Maurice Ile Durable has finally yielded its long overdue green paper. This is important because the government will use it to formulate a Common Shared Vision for MID and subsequent policy. The green paper proposes two visions and the Ministry of Environment has invited feedback on them by 8th May. What are your views and opinions?
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Miss Ile Durable – Miss Earth (Mauritius)

We are delighted to announce that Anne-Lise Ramooloo has been selected to represent Mauritius at the highly respected Miss Earth contest. Miss Earth 2010 will be held in Vietnam during November with the final ceremony broadcast live around the world on December 4th. During the programme, Anne-Lise will tour Vietnam, receive lectures on sustainable development, undertake site visits and participate in actual projects. It will be a unique and life-changing experience that she will share with the representatives of some 90 other countries.

On her return, Anne-Lise will help We Love Mauritius, in partnership with the private sector and other NGOs – especially those involved with children, to advance the Government’s objective of a sustainable island. She will be the face of Maurice Ile Durable and the Voice of Youth and Mother Nature.

Anne-Lise, 21 from Port Louis, has become one of Mauritius’ leading models since finishing Loreto College, Quatre Bornes in 2007. She was the Face of the Month in October 2008 and a finalist for Elite Model Look in 2010. She has worked with many local and international designers and photographers, appeared in print and TV adverts, fashion shows and a Bollywood film. In June 2010, she featured on the front cover of the special environmental edition of Essentielle magazine, the first to be printed on recycled paper.

We were very pleased with the number and quality of the applicants who wished to represent our country. Candidates were interviewed on the basis of their CVs and we selected the best of each of three categories: professional models, recent graduates and the general public. Their details were sent to the organisers of Miss Earth who made the final decision. In 2011, we plan to empower the youth of Mauritius to choose who they want to represent them. We are also negotiating with the organisers to host a future Miss Earth contest in Mauritius, perhaps as soon as 2012.

Miss Earth (Mauritius) 2010

We are busy conducting interviews for our amazing 12 month action learning programme in Public Relations and Social and Environmental Advocacy. The best candidate will receive training, an all expenses paid trip to Vietnam, a salary and medical insurance – are we generous or what? The closing date is 31st August 2010, so there is still time to apply. Send your cv to info@missmu.org or missmu.org@gmail.com. Visit missmu.org for more details or check out the press clippings below (no comments on the smile please :D)
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