Nightingale College Surinam Mauritius

Nightingale College Surinam Mauritius

This Group has been created in memory of Seewooparsad Gulab aka Rajpal. He was a contemporary of Wong of Keats College, Chemin Grenier, Vassen Thanacody of Thanacody college, Souillac, and Shastri of Prince Charles College, Chemin Grenier/Chamouny

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Nightingale College Surinam Mauritius - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Nightingale College was a college in Surinam, Mauritius founded on 1 July 1964 by Seewooparsad Goolab. It was first located at Dr Sauzier's residence in Souillac. In 1965 it moved to L'Eglise St Jacques and in 1968 to a location near Souillac Hospital. It moved to Royal Road, Surinam in March 1970,… 29/11/2013

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[06/04/12]   Remembering the late Seewooparsad Gulab founder of Nightingale College Surinam

By Dev Luchowa June 2012

Up until 1976 or thereabout, secondary education in Mauritius from the age of 12 was not free and children had to pay for their education.

Sewooparsad Rajpal Gulab, an inhabitant of Martiniere, Surinam whose father was an Indian immigrant married into the Dulhansing family, brought many improvements to the education of children of Surinam and of the Savanne area of Mauritius especially for many poor children.

Gulab came up with the idea that all children should be given the opportunity to continue their education after the age of 12 whether they were successful or not in their primary school leaving 6th-standard exams. He recognised there were early and late developers and that all individuals were different in their own pace of learning, personal growth, and educational development and that they all had potential. His vision, thus, was to provide educational opportunities to many and especially to those who could not afford to pay for their secondary education, with the emphasis being on skills and knowledge to equip the student to adjust through a lifetime of social, political, economic, academic, and environmental changes. He encouraged parents not to worry about having to pay the monthly fee on time and reassured them that they could pay as and when they could afford some spare money.

The opportunity for Gulab to realise his vision came in July 1964, when he was working as an Arts Teacher at Lincoln College, Souillac. It is understood that the owner of Lincoln gave 1-week notice to shut its doors. Many students panicked. Gulab had managed to stave off any anxieties and reassured the parents of these students. Within that week on 1st July 1964, he took over Lincoln College and renamed it Nightingale College. Note that Gulab himself did not have any financial assets when he did so. He relied on the good nature of many of his colleagues who did it for free or on very little pay and on higher Form students who sometimes helped with the teaching. The College transferred to Surinam in 1970.

Because the college initially served a small student population of up to 100 with diverse academic abilities and diverse needs, it was also challenging in the face of competition, mockery, and prejudice from some nearby colleges to get consistent results at the beginning. But that very real challenge was a motivating factor for Gulab and his students to be more determined to succeed. There was emphasis on teaching students to be self-reliant by doing things for themselves and for others without too much interference and punishment from the teachers, and without being reminded. They were also encouraged to think independently, and come up with their solutions and strategies for dealing with new challenges. This became the main building blocks of the student’s self-esteem and confidence. There was the attitude of “can do” and "I never did this in this way before, but I can give it a try!”

The ensuing result was that from the late 1960s, the college started to produce many successful students many of whom are now leaders in various occupations, professions, vocations, and ventures both in Mauritius and abroad.
It is unfortunate that Gulab’s health deteriorated and he eventually died in the early 1990s. The college was taken over by the Mauritius Ministry of Education.

We would like to say a big “Thank you, Mr Gulab”.

The true foundations of who and what many of his students have become, he would deserve to share every honour they receive today. Many of his students were far from perfect students, and that some, more than once, sometimes brought him some pain and frustrations, but there is no doubt that they all want to show him their sincere gratitude for moulding their paths and for showing that there was nothing impossible. They will always appreciate Gulab’s gentle and friendly guidance in his own true linguistic style. He continuously strengthened and inspired them, without which they would have never come to reach their moment. And let us all hope that in some way they have made Gulab proud.

[10/22/11]   Mauritius: L'alliance Bleu Blanc Rouge is Dead

Dev Luchowa

October 2011

This was the alliance of Mauritius Labour Party, the MSM (Mauritian Socialist Movement) and the PMSD of X Duval formed before the May 2010 General Election.

Many of us knew it was not going to last long as history has a habit of repeating itself and as it has happened all too often. Yet some of us were led to believe this so-called alliance of the future would work wonders for Mauritius. It may well have done so for only a few.... then reality struck that it would not work. Medpoint, which was seen as the breakup was a red herring. It went deeper into this. I think anyone who bothered to look at the facts knew that some people in the coalition did not get on and were spreading rumours and misinformation and stirred up people in the electorate. Many devoted so much of their time to stabbing each other in the back when they should have been running the country. Lots of politicians, for example, without doubt, sincerely believed that it was in the national interest for them to character-assassinate their colleagues.

It seems some of our politicians have yet to fully mature and put selfish personal interest behind them, and instead of forging an active, robust and progressive political alliance its partisans had hoped for, they sought to prevent other competent parties from coming to power. They have achieved that and now they have fallen out. Do they care? They alone know the answer. Will they get together again? Yes when it suits them and not the country.

What next?
The back stabbing has now become backstreet fighting between the activists and Party faithful. Some have become deluded to the point of likening their leaders to Krishna Bhagwan... Lord Krishna. not funny to them, they genuinely believe it.

But let us stop deluding ourselves and face the reality that Mauritius needs good and effective leaders who are genuine and sincere, not making a name for themselves, and not consolidating their own future. Offspring of past political leaders do not necessarily become good leaders themselves, and there is no divine right to be the political beneficiaries of their parents and trading on their names. It is time to stop being risk-averse and shift our way of thinking from better the devil we know than the devil we don’t. There are many decent, competent, and hardworking people in Mauritius who will make better leaders.

There is “sondage” that a general election may be looming. Whether this is true or not, but when it comes, no doubt many politicians will start re-jockeying for position. Some parties will no doubt be flirting with others again to form an alliance. It is important for us to know that there are hypocrites and opportunists when it comes to election times. It is the same legacy, whichever political parties are there, that the people of Mauritius have been left with and it has been a bad legacy. It is not a fairer society. Many have been living beyond their means and have been left on their own. Many people’s lives will be worse off unless a new and different leader with no ties to the existing political dynasties takes over, unites, and strengthens all people in this together.

Paul Beranger, is an icon, but if he lets others flirt with him or if he flirts with others, he needs to retire and make way for another to take over the leadership of the MMM. Navin Ramgoolam should continue as leader of the Mauritius Labour Party not because he is the son of Sir Seewoosagur but because he has matured over the years and reincarnated the labour party from its death in 1982. Pravind Jugnauth is an intelligent person but is still an apprentice. He needs to make way for a more charismatic person to take over the leadership of the MSM. His time will come one day. Better still there needs to be a new party with no ties whatsoever to the current political parties to take over. There are many young intelligent, honest and trustworthy Mauritians in Mauritius and abroad who fit the bill and will unreservedly do a better job than the current political leaders. Current politicians should be made welcome to lend their support but not as leading members... unless they are clean. 07/04/2011

Clensy Appavoo (MEF) : «Je vais oeuvrer pour une île Maurice où tout le monde se retrouve»

Clensy was a student of Nightingale College, Thanancody College and Keats College. He came from Surinam. Clensy Appavoo a été élu hier, mercredi 6 avril, président de la Mauritius Employers’ Federation, succédant à François de Grivel. Il compte pendant son mandat contribuer aux réformes des lois du travail et à la formation des salariés.

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