Education: Mauritius Model European Council 2016 Launched
Some 80 young people, delegated to represent the 28 Member States of the European Union, debated today on Climate Change at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute Auditorium, Moka, in the context of the second edition of the Mauritius Model European Council.
The aim is to enable participants, aged 15-16 years old, simulate the activities of a real Council meeting by exploring the field of politics, and debate on the following proposal ‘Join Forces in the Fight against Climate Change’.
In her address at the opening ceremony, the Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun, stated that today’s world requires committed young people who can debate and can assume fully their role and responsibility as enlightened citizens of their respective country.
Speaking about the theme of Climate Change, Mrs Dookun-Luchoomun stressed that it constitutes one of the defining issues of our time and which is of global concern. Mauritius, as a Small Island Developing State, is exposed to extreme weather conditions and the threat of natural and environmental disasters, along with growing vulnerabilities at economic, social and environmental levels, she pointed out.
‘Faced with the impacts of climate change on flora, fauna, human health we need an educated population, young people in tune with technical and social changes. This is an essential requirement for sustainable development’, the Minister added.
Model European Council 2016
The Model European Council is a debate for secondary schools organised by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Mauritius, in collaboration with the French Embassy and the British High Commission, and the Ministry of Education, and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research.
At each Council meeting, each country sends the Minister for the policy field being discussed. As the proposal to be debated during the second EU Model Council is Climate Change, each Member State is sending the Minister dealing with environmental matters. The European Commission is also represented during the meeting. The present meeting is thus known as the “Environment Council”.
Each participating school taking on the role of one of the 28 EU Member States is being represented by a team of three students.
Each team includes two ‘Ministers’, one the Minister responsible for Development and the other, the Minister responsible for Environment and Climate Change. The Permanent Representative of the Member State to the EU/COREPER (Committee of Permanent Representatives) completes the team.
The school which has taken on the role of the European Commission has three delegates to represent the European Commission.