The PEI Foundation was delighted to announce our first initiative in Mauritius, the Science and Technology Enrolment Programme (STEP), which began on February 29th at Le Bocage, a leading international school. With the support of HE President Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, STEP is an educational programme designed to deliver interactive study days in Mauritian schools, with the ultimate aim of increasing student enrolment within the sciences. STEP aims to change perceptions of science by widening students’ experiences and understanding of STEM subjects by giving them opportunities to meet specialists, and allowing them to link the subject to the real world and career prospects.
President Gurib-Fakim and Dr. Aman Maulloo, Director of the Ragiv Gandhi Science Centre, opened the first ever STEP day, which will be followed by a number of inspiring and enjoyable interactive working groups for the students. This year, the PEI Foundation aims to run at least five full STEP study days at various schools across Mauritius. These days will be supplemented by additional workshops, excursions and visits from leading organisations and individuals from around the world.
Ultimately, we want to broaden students’ perceptions of science, and inspire them to pursue related careers. Moreover, the PEI Foundation plans to bring the best and brightest examples of cutting edge science and technology to Mauritius, creating international links and connections. Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho, PEI Trustee, says, ‘If we want to ensure that sustainable development is a reality for all, we must equip our younger generations with scientific and technological skills, and encourage them to pursue related careers. I believe that STEP will form a valuable part of the PEI’s efforts to spur scientific and technological advancement on the continent’. For further information, please email Katy Hulands, STEP officer.