Mauritius and its stories
Oh yes! Mauritius was once a British colony. Prior to British colonisation, it was a French colony...which explains why Mauritians speak mostly Creole and French. However, English remains widespread in the administration and is used in the Parliament. Other languages spoken in Mauritius are Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Telugu, Urdu and Chinese. Well, these languages are taught in public schools and are used as a cultural heritage expressed through drama, songs and events on special celebrations. The languages represent the diversity of the Mauritian population and reflect their origins. In 1968, Mauritius gained its independence. Some economists thought that the island would undergo serious economic problems and sink in poverty. Others believed that through diversity it could thrive. Agriculture was then the sole economic pillar. Through diversification, the textile industry became a second pillar absorbing a large portion of principally female workers. At that same time, schooling became free. The tourism sector was developed followed by the building of road networks and industrial zones. And today, Mauritius relies on a diversified economy but has much to consider in terms of environmental impact and security.
12th of March 1968- 12th of March 2018
On the 9th of March, all Mauritian students across all schools proudly waved their flags bearing the four colours: red, blue, yellow and green and sang the National Anthem, Motherland, written by Jean George Prosper. The Independence Day of Mauritius is on the 12th of March. This year, the celebration was spectacular, with 400 artists on stage in Champ de Mars, where the official ceremony of Independence took place in 1968. The guest of honour this year was India’s Prime President, Ram Nath Kovind. The 50th anniversary of Independence means much for Mauritians in many spheres: education, employment, health, transport, women’s rights…
The spectacular show Spectacle Populaire, that took place in Champ de Mars on March 12th, can be viewed on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3SP1W3IJ0w
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