Minister of Education and Human Resources Dr Vasant Bunwaree opened the Orange Expo yesterday at the Swami Vivekananda International Conference Centre in Pailles. The main attraction this year is the “Learn Cube,” a digital classroom.
The theme of the Expo is “Learn” and it concentrates on the various ways in which digital technology can be adapted to the classroom to improve the learning experience.
A series of the latest technological tools like mobiles, I-pad, intelligent building concepts and home cinema among others have also been brought to the exposition to delight visitors who canvisit the show today, tomorrow and Sunday.
Mr Bunwaree said that this year’s theme reflects a central concept and encapsulates the vision of his government to provide a modern education system.
“We need to move towards an innovative and dynamic system of education. This would not be possible without adequate investment in education and the ways in which education is being provided to students,” Mr Bunwaree said.
He explained that the Mauritian child is very much attracted to the technological revolutionwhich has been taking over the world. “While the British child spends an average of seven hours being in contact with existing and new technologies, the Mauritian child is not devoid of the desire to learn about new technologies,” he said.
The minister said that the Sankore Project, which aims at providing education through the use of new technologies, is going in the right direction and can be adapted to both the local and African context.
The CEO of Mauritius Telecom, Mr Sarat Lallah, said that the Mauritius broadband strategy which aims to provide a very large coverage of the internet services network has been realised, with more than 100,000 households already subscribed to internet connection which represents nearly one-third of the population connected to the network.
He added that there are also 1.2 million mobile phone SIM cards which are in use in Mauritius which represents nearly the whole population.
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