Effects of Fake News on Social Media

Have you ever been in a situation where every contact is forwarding you the same message on WhatsApp about that particular thing?

As soon as you open YouTube, every video talks about that one thing.

Every notification you receive on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter tell you about that particular thing.

Have you ever seen fake news spreading with the speed of light?

You must have seen it because it is too familiar nowadays.

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STEM Education: Thank You for Bringing the World Together!

We did it! Thank you to all those who supported Team Mauritius as our young team members competed in the sixth edition of FIRST Global’s international event. STEM Education has a platform to call home!

Despite the many challenges teams faced, youth from around the world came together to celebrate the beauty of STEM innovation, collaboration and working together to make our world a better place. Check out the photos and videos below for a taste of the excitement!

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7 Young Mauritians in Geneva for International Robotics Competition

Geneva is hosting the FIRST Global Challenge from 13 to 16 October 2022 at Palexpo, an international Olympic-style robotics competition. 7 young Mauritians reached Geneva yesterday to participate in this international robotics competition.

This is the 6th edition and the first event in Europe that will bring together future leaders in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in a collaborative competition that aims to find solutions to the world’s biggest challenges. The event will be open to the public, but no advance tickets will be available.

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Top 10 NGOs in Mauritius

This article takes a look at the top 10 NGOs in Mauritius. Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) or Non-Profit organisations (NPOs) are essential for any community’s development. NGOs are independent of any government, and they serve social and humanitarian causes. NGOs in Mauritius lead the healthcare and education movements.

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Addressing Gender Inequality in Africa Post-COVID-19

Gender Inequality has many intersections. Most societal structures, from the government to families, are patriarchal. At the core of any society are the economy and jobs. Roles and work assigned to men perpetuate the belief that men can only do specific jobs. This is not sustainable.

The pandemic worsened employment levels across all genders, disproportionately so for women. This article looks at how Kenya and Ghana address gender disparities and challenge workplace stereotypes.

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21 February: International Mother Language Day

Since 2000, the world has celebrated International Mother Language Day on 21 February. A language is considerably more than simply a means of communication. Language, notably the mother tongue, is a vital aspect of different cultures worldwide. International Mother Language Day aims to enhance global awareness of language, cultural diversity, and multilingualism. But what are the history and importance of this day?

According to the United Nations, languages are strategically crucial for individuals and the world due to their complex consequences for identity, communication, social integration, education, and growth. They are, unfortunately, increasingly threatened or on the verge of extinction because of globalisation. However, they are an essential part of preserving cultures all over the world.

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11 February: International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2022

Every year, numerous events occur on February 11 to commemorate International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Each possibility is distinct, as diverse, and inventive as the individuals and organisations engaged. The 7th International Assembly of Women and Girls in Science will be conducted virtually this year at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. But what are the importance and history of this day?

Gender equality has long been a priority for the United Nations. Along with science and the empowerment of women and girls, they are all critical to global economic development and progress toward achieving internationally agreed-upon development goals, such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Over the last 15 years, the international community has worked hard to inspire and engage women and girls in science. Nonetheless, they continue to face challenges that prevent them from actively engaging in science.

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How Covid-19 Changed Social Work in Mauritius

Since the start of the covid-19 pandemic, social workers have encountered several difficulties to keep providing care to people who need them. In Mauritius, the epidemic has exacerbated challenges for those with mental health issues, addictions, poverty, homelessness, and violence, thus increasing the importance of social work in society.

To provide quality services throughout the pandemic, social workers are usually forced to make tough decisions and adapt to new approaches to working. However, to understand how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected social work, it is first essential to understand social work and its importance in Mauritian’s society.

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Top 5 Financial Mobile Apps that NGOs Should Use

Non-profit organisations often face difficulties in their day-to-day operations. Be it a lack of staff or a tight budget due to lack of funding, non-profits have to navigate through several issues to keep the organisation running. However, thanks to modern technology, there are numerous apps available that aid and ease the operations of NGOs.

Though some are free while others are paid, they work just as effectively as human staff and sometimes even help in reducing operational costs. Some apps even offer special prices to NGOs. The following apps are among the highest rating apps for NGOs.

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Top 10 Mobile Apps to Combat Mental Health

Mental health is an essential factor at every phase of life, from childhood to adulthood. With the growing generation, mental health illness is becoming a serious issue worldwide, where people are busy with their workload and neglecting their mental wellbeing.

Half of the people concerned with mental illness are reluctant to seek treatment for their mental health in fear of being stigmatised, or there might also be some financial explanations. Because of such circumstances, there have been new amended alternatives to take good care of your mental health and prevent adverse consequences. 

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Concours de robotique : 3 YUVANs représenteront Maurice au FIRST Global Challenge 2018 (Mexique)

Trois étudiants mauriciens ont été sélectionnés pour représenter Maurice au concours de robotique FIRST Global Challenge (FGC) 2018.

Ils commencent la construction de leur robot à la salle de formation YUVA aujourd’hui pour la compétition. Puis, s’envoleront vers le Mexique en août pour participer à la compétition mondiale. Continue reading “Concours de robotique : 3 YUVANs représenteront Maurice au FIRST Global Challenge 2018 (Mexique)”

Call for applications: FIRST Global Challenge 2018

Are you between 14-18 years old?

Are you passionate about science and technology?

Do you want to participate in the FIRST Global Challenge 2018 in the Mexico city, this August? Continue reading “Call for applications: FIRST Global Challenge 2018”

YUVA makes Social Work more Conversational with Launch of ChatBots

Today YUVA announced the launch of its artificial intelligence powered chatbot YUVAMauritius for its volunteers, members and various stakeholders across Mauritius and worldwide, on the chatbot platform Qarma.

YUVAMauritius chatbot works on Facebook Messenger and can be discovered by searching @yuvamauritius on Facebook Messenger on the web and Android/iPhone mobiles. Continue reading “YUVA makes Social Work more Conversational with Launch of ChatBots”

Web Officer Internship

YUVA internship programme offers an outstanding graduate-level student the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to YUVA’s work with the objective of deepening his/her knowledge and understanding of YUVA’s goals, principles and activities. It is designed to complement development-oriented studies with practical experience in various professional aspects. Interns are not financially remunerated by YUVA.

Objective of the internship: Intern assignment is an opportunity to learn through experience and develop relevant professional and soft skills. It will provide young specialist with a way to meaningfully contribute to peace and sustainable human development results. NOTE: YUVA internship programme is completely voluntary, no remuneration or stipends will be given.

Under the direct guidance and supervision of the Digital Media team, the Intern provides the support in carrying out the proper maintenance of YUVA’s website.

The Web Services Section (WSS) oversees the design, development and presentation YUVA’s website. WSS promotes best practices for web development and other Internet-related activities, including posting of articles and generating content. WSS also elaborates strategies to ameliorate the functioning of the website and to boost its number of visitors.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Web Development Manager, the intern will specifically be responsible for the following:

  • Coordinating daily maintenance on the Website.
  • Conceptualizing and creating dynamic web pages; drafting, editing, designing and updating web pages as needed and providing specialized editorial, design and programming assistance.
  • Posting articles as per request of Head of Section.
  • Prioritizing needs and monitoring web content regularly.
  • Developing and managing relationships with media partners to raise profile of the website, in conjunction with the other web officers.
  • Performing any other task assigned by the Head of Section as necessary.

Functional Competencies

Professionalism:

  • Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the YUVA and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Sustainable Developments 2025.
  • Ability to demonstrate a high level of concentration.
  • Ability to work under stress.
  • Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments.
  • Observing deadlines and achieving results.
  • Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges.
  • Remains calm in stressful situations.
  • Interns must have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Team Work:

  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational goals.
  • Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise.
  • Is willing to learn from others.
  • Places team agenda before personal agenda.
  • Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position.
  • Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Technological Awareness:

  • Keeps abreast of available technology.
  • Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office.
  • Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks.
  • Shows willingness to learn new technology.

Communication:

  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively.
  • Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately.
  • Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication.
  • Tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience.
  • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Education

Must be enrolled in a 1st year or above university degree in Information systems Marketing, Communication, or a related discipline.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the Internship Programme.

Setting and Reporting

The selected intern will work in line with the Web Development Manager. No transport is required as the intern will work directly from his place of residence but the intern must be in permanent contact with the Digital Media Team.

Apply Now

Applications should be emailed to: socialmedia.yuvamauritius@gmail.com by 29 February 2016. When sending to this mailbox, please ensure that the position you are applying for, ‘Web Officer’, is quoted on the subject line.

Job application form: Download Here

NOTE: After completing the job application form, please convert it to .PDF format and send it, along with a Cover Letter, to the following e-mail address: socialmedia.yuvamauritius@gmail.com.