The Republic of Mauritius, is an island nation located approximately 2400 kilometers off the South East Coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. It is a volcanic island of lagoons and palm-fringed beaches with coral reefs surrounding most of the coastline covering an area of 1,865 square kilometres with 330 kilometres of coastline. Mauritius is a densely populated island with a reputation for stability and racial harmony among its mixed population. Mauritius is known as a plural society, with many ethnic groups present: Hindus, Muslims, Creoles, Chinese and Europeans live in peace and all the ancestral cultures have been preserved. These features make the island a unique place in the world, and the Mauritian people are known for their tolerance and kindness towards.
Our work in Mauritius began through the good offices of Mrs Aneeta Ghoorah, Director, Curriculum Development and Evaluation, in the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Mauritius. After successfully receiving Direct Aid Program Funding through the Australian High Commission in Mauritius, the Foundation worked very closely with the Ministry to identify the schools that would participate in the initial program.
After a successful first Mauritian Collection, all schools in Mauritius have now been engaged with a strong commitment to expansion and further development of the program across to Rodrigues in the future.