Mauritius: Mauritian Collection of Ducere African Children’s Stories Project Launched

The Mauritian Collection of Ducere African Children’s Stories project was launched today at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute, in Moka. The aim is to promote reading and the development of writing skills among the student community of Mauritius.

The Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Mrs Leela Devi Dookun Luchoomun, and Mrs Julia Gillard, Ducere Chancellor, and former Prime Minister of Australia, launched the project on that occasion.

In her address, Minister Dookun Luchoomun, observed that the African Children Stories Project falls squarely within the precincts of Agenda 2063 which is the African Union’s Pan-African vision of the Africa that Africans want for themselves and their future generations.

Speaking about creativity, the Minister said that the ideal of unleashing the creative capabilities of our children is central to the concerns of the education system in Mauritius. Creative writing plays an important role in a child’s literacy development and it certainly helps to develop the cognitive and communication skills of children as well as develops critical reading and thinking, she stressed.

The Minister also expressed belief that the African Children Stories Project when extended to other schools as well will contribute to supplement the actions her Ministry is undertaking to promote and encourage reading in schools.

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The project is meant to enable learners to unleash their creativity through a variety of stories. Learners, coming from a few primary and secondary pilot schools, have written stories that truly symbolise the various colours of Mauritius’ rainbow population. The stories are thus a reflection of the country’s culture and traditions which have been passed down to young generations by the forefathers.

Several Africa countries are already actively engaged in this project including Botswana, Rwanda, South Africa and Kenya.

The objectives are: the preservation of the oral traditions of local African communities; and, the provision of culturally appropriate reading materials to African children.

Source: Africa Focus