At the Executive Committee meeting held on Monday 6th June 2016, Mr Prem Burton, CSK, stepped down after a three- year tenure of office as President of the ESU. He, however, stays on the Executive Committee as Vice-President and continues to support the ESU. The ESU conveys its thanks and gratitude to Mr Prem Burton for having served the ESU with dedication and enthusiasm.

Mrs Marie-France Roussety was elected as the new President of the English-Speaking Union (Mauritius Branch) on Monday 6th June 2016. She joined the ESU in 2002 and was appointed as one of the three Vice-Presidents of the Union in July 2011. Since then, she has been an active member of the Executive Committee, helping in numerous activities. Mrs Roussety’s first assignments as President of the ESU were in Rodrigues, namely for the Spelling Bee and Story Telling Competitions. She was interviewed live on radio and talked about the importance of the English Language, as well as the mission and activities of the ESU.

President’s Message

Dear ESU Friends,
It is my great pleasure to address you as the President of the ESU. First of all, I would like to thank Members of the Executive Committee for having given me the opportunity to serve the ESU as President. I would also like to express my gratitude to the leadership of our Past President, Mr Prem Burton, and to the hard work of members of the Executive Committee, the staff, ESU Members and students, who have all contributed in making our activities successful. ESU has wonderful and devoted members who are always willing and ready to help. I always think of ESU as a family and want it to grow bigger and stronger every year; and we shall strive to continue serving our Members with enthusiasm and devotion.

It is my pleasure to report on activities held in the first semester. Our various educational programmes have shown steady overall participation and have given a large visibility to the ESU, both on national television and in the press. The highlight of our activities so far has been the forum on the “Decline of the English Language” held in April last in the context of the “English Language Day”.

My first assignments as President of the ESU were carried out in Rodrigues. I was thrilled to be there to promote the English language – through interviews and discussions – and to witness the interest of students and teachers alike for ESU activities. Our next activity will be the annual dinner, which has now become a tradition. I am eager to meet many of you on this occasion.

ESU will focus equally on educational programmes and the training of teachers. Our objective is to gather our Members and work hand-in-hand with other stakeholders, to further promote the English language.

Last, but not least, I would like to thank the Ministry of Arts & Culture – through which the Government grant is channelled to us, our Sponsors and well-wishers for their support. I do hope that they will continue to support the ESU.

I wish you all a successful and productive time with the ESU.

Best regards

Marie-France Roussety

President, ESU-Mauritius