Sensitisation of various sectors of the Community

Introduction
 
ADD’s sensitisation programme addresses the needs of all sectors of society. These can be seen in each of its projects. Special attention is given to school children at primary and secondary levels. In this activity close collaboration has been established with the Ministry of Education and the Mauritius Institute of Education (MIE).  
The Headmaster/Headmistress and their teaching colleagues contribute to the activity. The local Parents Teachers Association is associated with the sensitisation. The course comprises a set of ten presentations on different aspects of sustainable development such as climate change, energy, coastal resources and pollution.
 
Partners
 
In most projects, the sensitisation of women to sustainable development issues is seen as an essential aspect of any Project. ADD receives the assistance and cooperation of several Ministries in the implementation of the sensitisation components of the Projects. Some of the Ministries include the Ministries of Fisheries, Youth & Sports, Education and Human Resources, Ago Industry and Fisheries, Local Government and Outer Islands and of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare.
The Development Bank of Mauritius and SMEDA are often associated with the sensitisation activities.
The private sector and NGOs are called in to contribute to the sensitisation efforts of ADD.

Women
 
Women are most concerned with the short- and long-term welfare of the families and the communities. They are particularly aware of the sustainability issues. Empowering them has proved to be a sustainable way of contributing to sustainable development.  ADD pays special attention to their needs and concerns and associates them at the formulation stage of its Projects as well with decision-making during the implementation phase.
 
Youth
 
Invariably, the youth of the region where the Project is being implemented is given special attention. In here the Ministry of Youth is invited to contribute to the sensitisation activities.
 
Elderly persons
 
The elderly are given considerable attention as they are readily accessible and often have the care of young children and are aware of the development of their villages and the changes both positive and negative over the years.
 
Fishers
 
In most of the coastal villages, the fishers are associated with all of ADD’s activities within the Project. They are most sensitive to any transformation that may be proposed. Their support is vital to the success of any coastal project as they are the first persons to be affected by or benefit from such activities.