Sustainable development is defined as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. However, this does not provide a very useful prescription of what we should do now for three reasons. First, because it is in the satisfaction of our wants rather than meeting our needs that we are compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. Second, because we do not know how future generations will want to meet their needs. Third, because their ability to meet their needs has already been compromised by past development. How then do we define and aim for sustainability? Continue reading
Absolute poverty in Mauritius can be eradicated in one generation. The problem is that families are locked in a poverty trap: disadvantaged children are poorly educated, their parents fail to encourage them and are inadequate role models, consequently the children grow up to be socially dysfunctional adults. In the past, interventions have concentrated on trying to make parents more responsible and placing their children in special schools such as Zone Education Prioritaire (ZEP). Re-educating parents is extremely difficult and any progress made with the children is undermined by their home environments.
We propose special schools for children from disadvantaged backgrounds where they will stay during the week as boarders. By ensuring that they remain within the school premises for at least five days per week, the cycle of parents passing on socially dysfunctional attitudes and behaviours will be interrupted, without breaking family bonds. Continue reading
While this document is entitled “ReVision 2020: Restoring Sight to the Blind”, it is not about physical blindness. Instead, it is about the occasional unwillingness of society in general and leaders in particular to look into the future and prepare for predictable challenges and crises. It is about restoring sight because Mauritius once created a vision for itself known as “Vision 2020: the National Long Term Perspective Study”. Written in the 1990’s, it attempted to see 25 years into the future. Our challenge is to look much further, even beyond our own natural life times.
Lessons from the past
While we find it difficult to imagine, our current civilisation is probably not going to last. A glance at history reveals this pattern has been consistently repeated. The Egyptian, the Persian, the Greek, the Roman, the Ottoman and the British Empires once reigned over vast swathes of the earth. They are no more. The difference today is that our civilisation is so global, interdependent and militarised that if part of it collapses, it may well bring down the whole.
A National Strategy for Sustainable Mauritius
Our place in history
Our place in the world
Making diversity a strength
A new legal framework
Recognising our natural resources
Preserving our beaches
Restoring our reefs
Leisure and re-creation
Exploring our ocean
Saving our soils
Redevelopment and rewilding
Transport today and tomorrow
Fuelling the future
Waste not, want not
Science and research
Hand made in Mauritius
Chagos and UNESCO
Submission from “We Love Mauritius” (WeLuvMu) at the request of the Ministry of Education on the subject of:
The Introduction of Kreol Language in Schools
“We Love Mauritius” is a charitable Mauritian NGO, operating, amongst others, in the field of human rights. We have responded to the invitation to submit views on the introduction of Kreol in schools by organising a virtual focus group to canvas the views of our members who are interested in the subject. We highlight the opinions that were expressed and then move on to a detailed analysis of the issues involved that attempts both to encompass and reflect these opinions and also shed new light on the debate.
- The British behaved shamefully, if not illegally, in depopulating the islands at the request of the Americans.
- The archipelago is rightfully part of the Republic of Mauritius and will be restored to Mauritius when the British no longer have need of it for “defensive purposes”.
- The Chagossians deserve full compensation for the wrongs they have suffered.
Why are environmentalists welcoming the declaration of the waters around the archipelago as a Marine Protected Area (MPA) and how might this provide the key to the long term solution? Continue reading