ICAC Staff Welfare Association Celebrates World Literacy Day with a Charitable Initiative

In commemoration of World Literacy Day, which was observed on September 8, 2023, the ICAC Staff Welfare Association (ISWA) organized a heartfelt donation drive for the children residing at the SOS Children Village of Beau Bassin on Friday, September 29, 2023. This initiative sought to provide these children with much-needed books, school materials, and various other essential items.

Books, the cornerstone of knowledge and imagination, play a pivotal role in shaping a child’s world, broadening their horizons, and enhancing their cognitive abilities. Since 1966, UNESCO has designated World Literacy Day to emphasize the critical importance of literacy. This annual observance serves as a poignant reminder that literacy is not merely a goal but an ongoing endeavor to ensure universal access to education and lifelong learning opportunities.

Although Mauritius has made commendable progress in promoting literacy and education over the years, as evident from a rise in the literacy rate from 79.87% in 1990 to 92.15% in 2021 (according to World Bank statistics), there is still room for improvement.

Recognizing the significance of education in shaping young minds and the vital role it plays in combating corruption, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) actively engages in educating children about anti-corruption practices. The Commission, through this philanthropic endeavour, has underscored its commitment to the larger cause of promoting literacy, particularly among children who may lack access to adequate learning resources.

The dedicated staff members of the Independent Commission Against Corruption firmly believe that ensuring education for all is an imperative, particularly in guaranteeing every child’s access to high-quality education and learning resources. By generously contributing books, school materials, and other items essential for the well-being of the children, the ICAC staff aims to assist the youngsters at the SOS Children Village in making sense of the world around them, instilling moral values, and inspiring them to explore new ideas.

In conclusion, the ICAC Staff Welfare Association’s initiative on World Literacy Day serves as a heartwarming testament to their commitment to education, children’s well-being, and the broader goal of fostering a literate and informed society. This charitable gesture not only highlights the importance of literacy but also showcases the organization’s dedication to making a positive impact on the lives of young individuals in need. Through their collective efforts, they are nurturing a brighter future for these children, one book at a time.