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Visit of Ugandan Delegation to Mauritius (17th – 21st June 2014)

Date: June 18, 2014
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A delegation from Uganda is presently on an official visit to Mauritius from 17th to 21st June 2014.

The delegation comprises Hon. F. Kabahenda, Hon. J. Kabajo and Hon. F. Mutyabule, Members of Parliament, Dr Yusuf K. Nsubuga, Director, Basic Education and senior officials representing the Ministry of Basic Education and the National Children Council.

This visit is in line with the Ugandan willingness to explore and find out best practices in Early Childhood Development (ECD) which is currently being implemented in Mauritius which thus has been identified precisely because it is recognised both by the Ugandan Authorities as well as by UNICEF as one of those countries that have advanced quite far in the provision of ECD services. The delegation thus wishes to learn from the Mauritian experience and to be enlightened on a number of ECD issues. These include inter-alia, ECD policies and policy guidelines as well as such issues inherent to the sector, as its funding options, public/private partnership and role of the State in supporting Pre-Primary Education.

Since Mauritius has been chosen by the Association for Development of Education in Africa to host the Inter Country Quality Node (ICQN) for Early Childhood Development (ECD), the visit of the delegation will accordingly provide the opportunity to secure the collaboration of Uganda in the fulfilment of the ECD-related activities for Africa.

The Ugandan delegation will meet with the Senior Officials of the Ministry, the Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity and Reforms Institutions as well as the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare. The delegation will also have working sessions at the Early Childhood Care and Education Authority, Mauritius Institute of Education, the National Children Council and the National Empowerment Foundation. Visits to Pre-Primary and Primary Schools have also been programmed.

This visit will further be reinforced at a later stage by the arrival of the Dr the Hon. Cos Kamanda Bataringaya, Minister of State for Basic Education of Uganda.

During his visit in Mauritius, Hon. Dr Cos Kamanda Bataringaya will pay a courtesy call on to the Minister of Education and Human Resources, Dr the Hon Vasant K. Bunwaree who will share and showcase the Mauritius experience in the development of this sector.

18 June 2014                                                                                                                                                              Ministry of Education and Human Resources

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