EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN MAURITIUS

Saroj Paddia- Adjodah, Perunjodi Naidoo, Aneerav Sukhoo, Mahen Soobron

Abstract


Naturalresources are depleting rapidly, the bio-sphere is being affected.  To counter those disasters, the concept ofsustainable development (SD) has seen light and as a result of it, educationfor sustainable development (ESD), since SD cannot be achieved withouteducation. Educators play a pivotal role in the basic education of youngstersand they are considered as the change agents responsible to carry out anychanges in the education sector.  Theirperceptions of the changes occurring in their teaching are primordial sincethey help situate any possible flaws. This study attempts at examining State Secondary Educators’ perceptionsabout the integration of ESD in secondary education.  The possible barriers to its implementationare in addition highlighted.  Moreover,remedies to counter those barriers are also brought forward.  The study confirms the key role of Educatorsin mainstreaming ESD in secondary schools. ESD has also been seen to positively contribute to the overalldevelopment of students, making them responsible citizens and developingessential skills in them.  In additionthe study reveals that the Mauritian educational system is still lagging behindsince it is still very traditional concentrating on dissemination of knowledgeand targeting exams instead of developing lifelong learning skills to face anddeal with future challenges.

KEYWORDS:Education, sustainable development, ICT, Mauritius, state secondary schools.


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