Holistic Education Programme in Mauritius

Holistic education is a philosophy of education based on the premise that each person finds identity, meaning, and purpose in life through connections to the community, to the natural world, and to humanitarian values such as compassion and peace. Holistic education aims to call forth from people an intrinsic reverence for life and a passionate love of learning. This is the definition given by Ron Miller, founder of the journal Holistic Education Review. The term holistic education is often used to refer to the more democratic and humanistic types of alternative education. Robin Ann Martin described this further by stating, “At its most general level, what distinguishes holistic education from other forms of education are its goals, its attention to experiential learning, and the significance that it places on relationships and primary human values within the learning environment.”

Holism in general is the idea that all the properties of a given system in any field of study cannot be determined or explained by the sum of its component parts. Instead, the system as a whole determines how its parts behave. A holistic way of thinking tries to encompass and integrate multiple layers of meaning and experience rather than defining human possibilities narrowly.

Holistic Teacher PSC

Launching Ceremony of a Holistic Education Programme in Primary Schools by the ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research in Mauritius.A Holistic Teacher Education Programme for the Primary education sector, focusing on the development of the intellectual, emotional, social, physical and artistic skills of pupils.

Global development is one of the pillars of education reform, notes the Mauritius Head Teacher Association (MHTA), which says favorably the 9-year schooling. President of the MHTA says, the holistic teachers employed since the beginning of the school year are still in the observation stage. They also deplore the lack of teachers and appropriate infrastructures for physical education.

Nine Year Schooling Mauritius

Objectives of the Nine Year Basic Education :
• Equip all students with knowledge, foundational skills and attitudes leading to an empowered 2030 citizenry
• Inculcate in all students a sense of moral responsibility, a set of values and a strong identity for the country
• Promote the holistic development of all students
• Provide equitable Learning for All opportunities to attain high levels of achievement
• Achieve a smooth transition to and completion of secondary education

Pupils are assessed in core and non-core subjects
Core Subjects : Written examinations
Non-core Subjects: School-Based Assessment
• School-based Assessment will
• be introduced in a phased manner
• undergo a moderation process by an external examining body, the MES.
• count for the award of the Certificate when well-embedded in the system Core Subjects
English, French, Maths, Science, History & Geography and the Asian languages/ Arabic /Kreol Morisien
Non-Core subjects/learning areas
Physical Education, Civic and Values Education, IT Skills, Communication Skills and the Arts (Music,
Dance, Painting, and Drama etc.)