School Life, Youth Clubs and Associations


Attended the Mare d’Albert Government School from 1971 to 1977, which left after passing the Primary School Leaving Certificate (Appendix 32k). Also passed the Alliance Française exams in 1976 (Appendix 32g)


From 1978 to 1984, attended the Sookdeo Bissoondoyal State Secondary School of Rose Belle.

For all the school years at SBSSSRB, was the Executive Member of the School Council and elected Head Boy of the School in 1984. Were also an Executive Member of the “Amicale des Etudiants”, an Association of Students, which grouped all the “A” status State, and Confessional Secondary Schools.


In 1979, obtained 1st Prize in the Essay Competition marking the anniversary of the Independence of Mauritius


In 1980, took part in the Inter-College Quiz Competition organised by the Mauritius Institute of Education in collaboration with the MBC-TV.


In 1981, obtained the 1st Prize in Essay Competition entitled “MY COUNTRY AND I”


In 1982, Special Prize awarded for having come first in the School in Economics for the Cambridge School certificate Examinations after obtaining distinction in the subject.


In 1983, took part in quiz competition organised by the Mauritius Family Planning Association and in the Lornho Award Competition. Also participated in the Cultural Exchange with Lycee Roland Garros of Reunion Island. Was awarded Special Prize for good conduct and hard work during the exchange.


In 1984, elected Head Boy and took part in debate competition organised by the MSPCA.  In July 1984, had various meetings with the Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Hon. Armoogum Parsuramen in relation to the Forum on White Paper of Education.


Has studied Hindi Language as well. Obtained the following Certificates in Hindi


a. Diploma in Hindi Language: Parichaye (1980)

b. Certificate in Hindi Language: Praveshika (1978)

c. Certificate in Hindi Language: 6th Standard – 1977

d. Certificate in Hindi Language: 5th Standard – 1976

e. Certificate in Hindi Language: 4th Standard – 1975

f. Certificate in Sanskrit Language: Sanskrit Balbodh – 1977

g. Maha Bhagwad Gita Certificate: 1976


Dave was involved in Youth club and social activities at Mare d’Albert. Was one of the founders of the Celtic Youth Club of Mare d’Albert and has been in the Executive Committee for many years. Has also been a Member of the Rural Youth Movement of Mauritius (RYMOM).

Followed course on First-Aid from the St John’s Ambulance and also obtained the Bronze Award of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. Was one of the pioneers of the National Young Volunteers Scheme. In 1983, followed a course on Club Management and Leadership from the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

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