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Centre de Lecture et d’Animation Culturelle

CLAC Project in Mauritius


Brief on CLAC:
In 1994 and 1997, the Ministry of Arts and Culture signed two conventions with the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), formerly known as the Agence de Coopération Culturelle et Technique (ACCT), to set up a network of ‘Centre de Lecture et d’Animation Culturelle’ (CLAC) in the rural areas of Mauritius and Rodrigues with a view to provide library facilities, promote cultural activities and sensitise the population on a wide array of topics and themes of common interest. The cultural activities include conferences, theatrical and musical performances, training sessions in drawing and painting as well as workshops on literacy, slam and storytelling.
The CLAC project which started in 1994 has now a network of 17 units in Mauritius, which operate under the aegis of the Ministry of Arts and Culture.
Aims and Objectives of the CLAC:
(1) To encourage and promote reading through artistic, cultural and educational activities.
(2) To provide facilities for the development of the rural community in the field of education, health, technology, literature etc.
(3) To promote local cultural values through cultural and literary activities.
Coordination Unit:
The « Centre de Lecture Publique et d’Animation Culturelle » (CELPAC) is the administrative unit of the CLAC network.  It is governed by the CELPAC Act of 2009. The present arrangement in terms of personnel at the CELPAC is as follows:
1.     Coordinator – Mr. Chenganna, Sangaren Naidu
2.     Senior Library and Animation Officer – Mrs. Ramessur-Jhankur, Shalini
3.     Library and Animation Officer – Mrs. Chadee, Rajini
4.     Attendant / Senior Attendant – Mr. Petit, Jean Claude
Contact details:
Tel.: 2129863, 2130287, 2115953
Fax No.: 2106643
Click here for Information about 17 Centre de Lecture et d’Animation Culturelle (CLAC)
Information on 17 CLAC:
Officer In Charge
Attendant / Senior Attendant
Tel / Fax No.
Mr. Panchgolam Indranath
Mrs. Teeluckdharry Preetima
Ground floor, Women Centre, Rue Sockalingum Meenatchi Amen Kovil,
St Croix
217 1511
Baie du Cap
Ms. Balaghee Ayeshna
Royal Road, Baie du Cap
622 1248
Bel Air
Mrs. Jyotee Appiah Manessah
Mr. Jahangeer Hassen
Royal Road,
Bel Air Rivière Seche
419 4101
Mrs. Leung Pack Vedwantee Wing
Mrs. Gobhurdun Jamoontee
Royal Road, Caroline
419 7968
Chemin Grenier
Mrs. Deelahoo  Bibi Begum
Mrs. Bunowaree Varuna
Royal Road, Chemin Grenier
622 5660
Mrs. Auckle Vandana
Mrs. Kanhye Nidhima
Royal Road, Cottage
266 2511
Flic en Flac
Mrs. Munisamy Emavadee 
Mrs. Seeparsad Urmila
1st Floor, Village Hall, Village Hall Rd, Flic en Flac
453 9930
Fond du Sac
Mrs. Indarjeet Neshwaraj
Mrs. Kissoon Poonam
Ground floor, Fond du Sac Village Council,
Fond du Sac
266 8399
Grand Baie
Mr. Badroodeen Khan Slyvio
Grand Baie Public Library, Royal Road, Grand Baie
263 6116
Grand Bois
Mrs. Basama Poobani  
Mrs. Purida Babita
Royal Road, Grand Bois
617 9932
Ms. Sophie Marie France
Mr. Bhavish Mohitram  
Rue Hollandais, Mahebourg
631 3105
Montagne Longue
Mrs. Chakoory Rookmeenee 
Mrs. Bhugun Dhunranee
Valton Rd, Montagne Longue
245 1318
Mr. Boodhna Singh Shaneel
Mrs. Bamma Christelle
Pailles Village Hall, Avenue Council, Pailles
286 6294
Petite Rivière
Mrs. Toolseeya  Fardinah 
Mrs Choytun Reshma
Royal Road, Petite Rivière
233 2947
Rivière du Rempart
Ms. Martinel  Dolaine 
Mr. Ramphul Vishwadeo
Gandhi Square,
Rivière du Rempart
412 1021
Saint Pierre
Ms. Soonarane Meera
Mrs. Bissessur Kisoon Sadna
Rue Nicoliere, Saint Pierre
433 8253
Mrs. Seedyah Premila
Mr. Ghoorbin Kandayalall S.
8eme Mile, Royal Road Triolet 
261 5716
Registration at CLAC is free of charge and is open to members of the public as from the age of 3 years old.  Documents required for registration are:
1.     National Identity card and student pass. Application must be filled by parents for those who are under 18 years old.
2.     Proof of Address: (Utility bills: CWA, CEB, Telecom).
The CLAC responds to the literary needs of the inhabitants of the rural communities.  Each CLAC is equipped with a collection of more than 3000 books comprising General Sciences, Religion, Philosophy, Arts, Mauritianna, dictionaries, reference materials along with newspapers and magazines. Apart from providing reading facilities, the CLAC offer a large variety of educational games such as “Des Chiffres et des Lettres, Domino, Monopoly, Scrabble, etc. and DVD, CD for the sound intellectual development of subscribers. These items are for internal use only.
Cultural Activities:
The CLAC are very active in the promotion of cultural and educational activities. Some examples are:
1.     Abolition of Slavery, Cavadee, Spring Festival & Maha Shivaratree
2.     National Day
3.     SLAM workshop
4.     Journée Internationale de la Francophonie
5.     Journée Internationale du Théatre
6.     World Book Day
7.     La Fête du Pain
8.     Music & Dance Day
9.     Fun games
10.Southern African Development Community (SADC) day
11. Eid Ul Fitr, Ganesh Chaturthi, Divali, Arrival of Indentured labourers
12.Christmas Gathering.
The 17 CLAC in Mauritius operate in buildings placed at the disposal of the Ministry of Arts and Culture by the:
1.     Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity and Reform Institutions
2.     Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare
3.     Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research
4.     District Councils

5.     State Property Development Corporation (SPDC)