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Dr Jeetah was elected Member of the National Assembly in December 2003 for the first time for Constituency No.7 (Piton/Rivière du Rempart), and remained so until April 2005. Dr Jeetah was re-elected as: • Member of the National Assembly for Constituency No.11 (Vieux Grand Port-Rose Belle), in 2005 and became Minister of Industry, Small and Medium Enterprises, Commerce & Cooperatives (2005 to 2008).He became Minister of Health & Quality of Life (2008 to 2010). • Member of the National Assembly for Constituency No.10 (Montagne Blanche- GRSE)in 2010 and became Minister of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology till 2014. Education and Qualifications: a. University of Cambridge (2002 -2003) - ACU Research Fellowship b. University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) (1984-1993) • BSc (Hons) – Textile Technology • PhD – Textile Technology

‘Science Fun Day at Camp Caval Community Centre, Curepipe’



 
 

Science Fun Day on Thursday 31 July 2014 at 10.15 hrs
Venue : Camp Caval Community Centre, Curepipe

·       Hon. Yeung  Sik Yuen John Michael, Minister of Tourism and Leisure

·       Hon. Mrs M. F. Mireille Martin, Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare

·       Mr Mario Désiré  Bienvenu, Mayor, Municipal Council of Curepipe

·       Dr. A. K. Maulloo, Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre,

·       Officers of the Camp Caval Community Centre,

·       DEAR PARENTS and STUDENTS

Good morning, it is indeed a great pleasure for me to address you today, in the context of this Science Fun Day at Camp Caval.

As you may all know, as Minister of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology, I am often called upon to give my views on the importance of Science and Technology for our young and upcoming generations. And on various occasions, I have had the opportunity to interact with youngsters and getting to know their views and to understand their difficulties with regards to the learning of Science subjects.
I am also aware, that the Ministry of Education and Human Resources has taken several initiatives to facilitate the teaching and learning of Science at school. Additionally I am  very happy to see the various initiatives undertaken by the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre in the popularisation of Science and Technology in Mauritius.
I am sure many of you here must be of the opinion that science subjects are boring and difficult to learn.  Many people also feed that there are few jobs available in the field of Science, but believe me; thanks to this new initiative of the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre, by the end of this programme today, many of you here will leave this place with a completely new and positive opinion about science.
Well let us all have a look at what makes subjects such as science, seem so difficult to learn?
No doubt many of the concepts in science are not quite as easy to learn via rote learning or by simply reading about them in books. Moreover, the teaching of science has since long remained within the four walls of the classroom and incidentally, many have identified this to be among one of the main barriers to the learning science. The number of scientific concepts to learn about in this manner put off many learners.

One of the main roles of a science centre is to devise new strategies in the popularization of Science and Technology. Furthermore, research in relation to learning processes has shown that science is a subject that is best taught by using hands-on experimentation and relating it to the physical world around us.

Science Fun Day

Dear Students

The aim of the Science Fun Day therefore is to show the fun side of science. With activities designed to surprise, students and the public in general will not fail to be impressed.

The whole idea is to ignite a series of questions in our minds.
·       Why did this happen?
·       Why is the sky blue?
·       Why are the clouds white?
·       Why are the plants green?

Well there are so many things around us that involve science, and the best way to understand and know about them is ask questions? It is indeed crucial that as a child you start asking questions about your environment
The concept of limiting the teaching or learning of science within the closed walls of a classroom is something of the past. There is a lot of science around us. No doubt irrespective of age, the knowledge of a little bit of science can change our perspective about life and our whole existence in general.   I am here addressing parents and the public.
The Science Fun Day therefore, is yet another attempt of the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre to remove the fears and barriers in the learning of Science related subjects. Once the child finds himself at ease in a more conducive environment, the teaching and the learning of science becomes easier. I have been told that many of you here today have had the opportunity to see and participate in some simple science experiments, which you can later try at home. Many of you will also engage in some fun activities like quiz and treasure hunt, which I am sure, will refresh your basic knowledge of science.
The Importance of Science and Technology
I am sure many of you would agree with me,  that it is extremely difficult to imagine a world without Science and Technology. There are countless inventions and discoveries that have made human life comfortable. No doubt science has done wonders for us. There is no sphere of life which has not been affected by Science.

The wide range of scientific inventions brought us to the era of the Industrial revolution. Which in turn resulted in the fabrication of good cloth, matches, fountain pens and other necessary goods in huge quantities. Science has shortened distances. Sea transport became safe, quick and affordable, so new continents and people were discovered. Now bullock carts and horse driven chariots have been replaced by modern transportation.  Cars, buses and scooters, steam ships and railways have made travelling safe, short and comfortable.
The clothes we wear, the brush and toothpaste we use, the soap in our bathroom and all the appliances in our houses are products of science. There is a lot of science all around us and just imagine what our life would have been like without science.
Scientists of the month
            Rosalind Elsie Franklin
            Born on 25 July 1920, Rosalind Elsie Franklin was an English physical chemist and X-ray      crystallographer who contributed to the discovery of the molecular structure of DNA.
            Henry Ford
            Born 30 July 1863, Henry Ford was an American inventor and automobile manufacturer who     first experimented with internal combustion engines while he was an engineer with the       Edison Illuminating Company.
            Baron Marcel Bich
Born 29 July 1914 , French inventor who built his business empire by creating throwaway Bic pens, razors and lighters. In 1945, Marcel Bich and his friend, Edouard Buffard, acquired an empty factory shell near Paris, France, and soon developed a thriving     business, producing parts for fountain pens and mechanical lead pencils. Later, Bich spent two years developing his ballpoint pen design, and in 1949, he was able to produce a reliable, low cost ballpoint pen.
I therefore, seize this opportunity to invite you all to get inspired by the lives and achievements of these great personalities.
I thank the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre for organizing this Science Fun Day and I hope you would all participate, play, listen, observe, reflect and have lots of fun as you discover the wonders of science.
And before ending, I would like to thank all the staff and members of the Camp Caval Social Welfare Centre for providing all their support and facilities for holding this event.
Thank you.

‘Launching of the National Science Week at Manilal Doctor SSS, Lallmatie’


 
Speech - Launching of the National Science Week at
Manilal Doctor SSS, Lallmatie on Thursday 24 July,  2014 at 10.30 hrs

Protocol

The Context
Speech - Launching of the National Science Week at
Manilal Doctor SSS, Lallmatie on Thursday 24 July,  2014 at 10.30 hrs

Protocol

The Context

Good morning and thank you for inviting me to today’s event.  I am happy to be here on the occasion of the launching of the National Science Week.  Just to recall the first one was held at Rose Belle in 2013, and we had a series of around 10 last year and this year we are keeping this activity still on because of its huge success.

Well ladies and gentlemen

Science is such a universal subject that we cannot do away with it.  The country needs the critical mass of professionals with the scientific background in order to meet the future socio economic challenges.

The Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre (RGSC) has the mandate to promote Science and Technology among the general public and also among school students.  In this context the RGSC have been organising various programmes like the Sky Observation programme for general public, Science Through Colours, Science Project based competition for school students, all these activities have a common goal that is popularisation of Science.

Each of these activities has been tailor-made to attain certain clear specific goals. For example:

  • The objectives of the Sky Observation are to provide the public at large, weather permitting  an exciting opportunity to be introduced to stargazing as a leisure activity and be initiated to the wonderful World of Astronomy.

  • Science Through colours on the other hand had been conceptualised to create scientific awareness through drawing/painting and encourage students to explore scientific theme through creative thinking.

  • The Science project competitions targeting the school students provide them the opportunity to investigate issues related to Science and Technology using the scientific method.  This experience also provides them the opportunity to undertake scientific investigation and also to enhance their written and verbal communication.



And today we are here with the National Science Week.

Science popularisation, ladies and gentlemen, is not only for scientifically literate public or for students who study science at schools but also for those not opting for science as a career. A basic knowledge of science is essential for better understanding the functioning of our own body, for being aware about proper nutrition as regards to health, to understand abrupt climatic changes etc.

It is precisely in this particular context, and also following a Cabinet decision that RGSC has come up with the National Science Week.

National Science Week

An important aspect of the National Science Week is to show the practical importance of Science and Technology in various sectors of the Mauritian economy. In a moment we will have the opportunity to discover together the exhibition that has been mounted by various stakeholders in the field of Science and Technology.

A series of interactive and eye catching science demonstrations has also been scheduled to explain science concepts and their applications in daily life, in a fun manner.  During the show audience involvement, observation and critical thinking is encouraged.

I am given to understand also that a series of sensitising talks by various stakeholders has also been scheduled during this two days programme.

By pulling all these resources together we wish to attain the following objectives:

a)    communicate Science and Technology in the community;
b)    promote public understanding of science issues and
c)     supplement the school curriculum in a non-formal, interactive and fun way. 

I am glad to note that we have had the contribution and the support of Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Ministry of Agro Industry and Food Security, Mauritius, Blood Donors Association, Mauritius Research Council, Open University of Mauritius, Traffic Branch, Fire Services, MFDC, Université des Mascareignes  etc.

Famous Scientists

21 July 2014 (Birthday of Louise Blanchard Bethune – the first US Women Architect)

The reason why I am taking the example of this wonderful lady today, is to pass on the message that girls should not shy away from science or technical subjects as shown by various survey’s here in Mauritius.

Louise Blanchard Bethune (July 21, 1856 – December 18, 1913) was the first American woman known to have worked as a professional architect.

Bethune was elected a member of the Western Association of Architects (WAA) in 1885. She later served a term as a vice president of the W.A.A. She was named the first female associate of the American Institute of Architects (A.I.A.) in 1888 and in 1889, she became a fellow of the institute.
Bethune designed mostly industrial and public buildings.  She is especially known for designing public schools. Sadly, much of her work has since been demolished.

Her best-known design and masterpiece is the neoclassical Hotel Lafayette, which was commissioned for $1 million and completed in 1904. It has since undergone a $35 million restoration.

Conclusion

To end I have no doubt that you will all benefit from the exhibition and the sensitisation talks and take the message ahead in your neighbourhood so that we ultimately end up with an increased awareness and understanding among the whole community on the important role that Science and Technology plays in our life and hence aiming at a scientifically literate country.


Thank you for your kind attention!