Abaim-what do we do -For transmission

For transmission

Transmission is a central element in how ABAIM operates. The values that our ancestors left for us are priceless.  The different work skills they had, the way they prepared food, cultivate land, heal diseases, build musical instruments, play have a psycho-socio-economical, pedagogical, and cultural  value that has enabled the emergence of the Mauritian nation which still needs to root itself towards progress. The transmission of cultural heritage plays a central role in that.

Creole language 

Abaim is well known for its commitment to the creole language. The decision for creole language to become one of our main priorities originates from the right and freedom of expression across regions. This is also about respect for the identity which is deeply rooted in our history.

Abaim believes the right of expression in mother language makes learning more normal and efficient. It is also a pedagogical and cultural tool. When we look at emotional development, mother language, is a significant tool to bring stability where people can remain true to themselves and their environment.

Research & collection

This type of activity has become a pillar of Abaim’s work.  We believe that knowledge origins from what “ordinary” people, children are doing in their day to day. This day to day way of life sprouts from history, traditions that was passed on from generations to generations. Unfortunately, many elements are lost. Therefore, it is important to collect them in order to preserve knowledge and competencies in a way which value people. Hence, we are always reviving these elements and disseminate them appropriately.

The social enterprise

Since a few years now, ABAIM has been operating a small social enterprise which produces traditionalmusical instruments like the ravann (framed drum), maravann and triangle.  In addition, this led to the promotion of our heritage by inscribing it on household use products such as mugs, cushion, bags and T-shirt and other handmade jewellery using local seeds and upcycling materials. This social enterprise is also giving the opportunity for young people to work in an environment conducive for transmission of traditional knowledge. The social enterprise has been a big challenge for ABAIM.  We had to rise to this challenge as it articulates the transmission of knowledge and sustainable jobs for young people. So far, the social enterprise has shown a lot of potential which we are further exploring.