07 July 2017 - The Minister for
Education and Human Resource Development (MoEHRD), Mr. Joel Morgan, was
officially presented with the keys to a Nissan Leaf electric car by the
Secretary of State for Presidential Affairs, Mrs. Aude Labaleine, on Thursday
6th July during a short ceremony at the Ministry Headquarters.
The ceremony was attended by the Principal
Secretary for the President’s Office, Mrs. Marie-Claire Marie; the Principal
Secretary of the department of Education, Dr. Odile Decomarmond; the Principal
Secretary for the Human Resource Development department, Dr. Linda Barallon; officials
from the MoEHRD, students and teachers from the Mont Fleuri and Plaisance
primary and secondary schools.
In his short address Minister Joel Morgan
thanked President Danny Faure for the donation, which was made possible through
the Children’s Special Fund (CSF) saying that in donating the car to the
Ministry the President has led the way for the future in terms of what we
should be looking for as transportation.
The Minister also said that the gesture is a great example of how the
President looks into the benefit and welfare of the ministries and the workers.
The Minister ended by thanking the officers
from the President’s office, the Ministry of Finance, the Department of
Education who have worked to make this possible. The Nissan Leaf car will be used by the ICT
Support Section, in the Education and Student Support Services Division, to
support the primary and secondary schools.
The Nissan Leaf electric car uses
electricity to recharge and does not rely on fuel to function, which Minister
Morgan says represents the epitome of cleanliness as there is no internal
combustion and therefore no emission of carbon.
The cost of maintenance of the car is very low, which is a plus for the
Ministry and government as less money will be spent for maintenance and fuel.
Mrs. Aude Labaleine, the Secretary of State
for Presidential Affairs, said that the IT division within the Ministry of
Education should be mobile, and the car donated through the CSF will allow the
staff of the IT division to carry out their work effectively. The car, Mrs. Labaleine, says also represents
the government’s effort to promote environmentally conscientious behaviour,
because as we focus on our development we must also be considerate of the
environment which we all share.