The Petit Verger prison in Pointe aux Sables has won the Grand Prize of the Public Service Excellence Award (PSEA) 2013. Out of the forty public service bodies which participated in the seventh edition of the competition, the Petit Verger prison has excelled in all criteria.
At the Awards ceremony held on August 14 at the InterContinental Mauritius Resort, Balaclava, the Minister of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms, Mr. Sutyadeo Moutia, handed over a trophy and a cash prize of Rs 100 000 to the winning team.
The theme for the 2013 edition was: Maurice Ile Durable - Adoption of modernised methods for a green Civil Service. The idea is to encourage departments and organisations to take the initiative to review their business processes while contributing effectively towards sustainable development.
Under this theme, the Petit Verger prison designed a community service programme project, entitled “Sustainable Waste Management Practices at Petit Verger Prison”. Detainees located at Petit Verger Prison as well as Prison officers were involved in this innovative environmental project, in line with “Maurice Ile Durable Concept” relating to waste segregation, production and sale of compost.
This community service programme is an opportunity for detainees to get a job or start their own enterprise in agriculture and compost making upon release as well as for the Mauritius Prison Service to adopt greener practices.
The participation of the community living in the vicinity of Petit Verger Prison, Pointe aux Sables, in the project, will help in the rehabilitation and reintegration process of released detainees and be sensitized on the segregation & recycling techniques of waste with ultimate objective to make way for a sustainable environment.
This project is being worked out in close collaboration with the University of Mauritius (UoM), a committed Non Governmental Organisation and the community.
This project has received the financial support of the GEF Small Grants Programme implemented by the United Nations Development Programme.
The main objective of the PSEA is to recognise excellence and innovation in the development of a quality public service. In addition, the competition motivates officers to adopt ways to meet the daily challenges and promotes a performance-oriented, responsive and accountable public service.