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AHEAD is an approved Charity Institution recognised by the MRA for the purposes of the Income Tax Act 1995. AHEAD is an approved Charity Institution recognised by the MRA for the purposes of the Income Tax Act 1995. AHEAD is an approved Charity Institution recognised by the MRA for the purposes of the Income Tax Act 1995. AHEAD is an approved Charity Institution recognised by the MRA for the purposes of the Income Tax Act 1995.

Celebrating World NGO Day 2024

Consequences of Climate Change in Mauritius, flood in Port Louis!

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World NGO Day is celebrated on 27 February every year. This formidable day recognizes the extraordinary work of NGOs and the vital contributions to humanity and the society at large. From the grassroot to the community level engagement and from advocacy, capacity building and policy influencing at national level to addressing climate actions, NGOs play a very important role in the world. NGOs engage in ensuring that development remains sustainable and that rights are not encroached. An equilibrium is necessary when crafting policy decisions and legislations so that the environment, social and economy are taken care of at the same time with the same level of consideration. Projects should not encroach on any of the three layers of sustainability, i.e. social, economic and environment, but must take the three dimensions of development and walk the journey together.

Tackling a range of social, environmental and humanitarian challenges, NGOs are usually independent, not-for-profit organisations working at local, national or international levels. They play a vital role in addressing global issues, promoting human rights and fostering sustainable development. This event is an opportunity to raise awareness of the vital work of NGOs and to motivate people to support them. This day honours the tireless efforts of NGOs and the people who support them in their mission to improve everyone’s quality of life.

Let us consider climate change which has now come to be recognized as a global challenge. As a result of human actions, the environment is under pressure and the consequences are reflected in climate change which is having dramatic adverse effect on humanity and the planet. The eco-system is shattered and NGOs are ringing the alarm bell more and more to prevent states from derailing. Often, NGOs remind states of their express commitments towards the international institutions, instruments and conventions. Whereas, on the one hand, economy is putting pressure on human rights; on the other hand, growth is affecting social, and all this is having an impact on inclusion and humanity and the planet. Adverse effects on environment are leading to climate change. And unsustainable development focusing only on economic growth is impacting on human rights, while inclusion is becoming more challenging as the social fabric is gradually tearing apart in the advent of technology.

On this occasion, this year, AHEAD is reflecting on ‘inclusive education’. The education system in Mauritius is too academic and does not prepare our young generation for life. As a matter of fact, just reflecting on the number of fatal road accidents which is stubborn in taking the downhill. Despite the good intentions of the government to introduce ‘Road Safety’ in the National Curriculum Framework & Teaching and Learning Syllabus for the Nine-Year Continuous Basic Education, this subject is hardly taught at school as it’s a non-core subject. And such a subject which has direct consequences on life, is not taken seriously. Statistics regarding road accident is alarming. As it’s a ‘non-core’ subject, it’s not taken seriously by parents, students and teachers. According to AHEAD, ‘road safety’ should be declassified and introduced as a ‘core’ subject in the 9-year continuous for it to have a lasting impact on the new generation.

With these few words, I wish you all the best on this Word Day of NGOs.

Suraj Ray

President, AHEAD

27 February 2024

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