École Paul et Virginie is a Mauritian private school opened in 2003, under the legal status of a non-profit company, created, managed and run voluntarily by its founding members, who constitute the Management Committee of the school, and who made the initial choice to offer a French-language education program. The École Paul et Virginie operates on its own funds, which come from school fees paid by parents and donations from benefactors and patrons. The members of the Management Committee are all volunteers.
The Ecole Paul et Virginie is part of the local network of French language schools in Mauritius, which includes the Ecole du Nord in Mapou, the Ecole du Centre and the Lycée des Mascareignes in Moka, the Lycée Labourdonnais in Curepipe and the Ecole Paul et Virginie. Regular contacts are made between Ecole Paul and Virginia, the French Embassy in Mauritius and its Cultural Cooperation and Action Service. A Steering Committee of French Program Establishments in Mauritius is regularly convened by the Ambassador of France, who chairs it. By tripartite agreement, students leaving Ecole Paul et Virginie at the end of elementary school are admitted to the 6th grade at the Ecole du Centre (College Pierre Poivre) or the Lycée Labourdonnais, at the choice of the families.
Entrenched between the A3 Royal Road and the Tamarin River, the school Ecole Paul et Virginie is exposed both to the cause and the result of climate warming. Because the A3 Royal Road between Tamarin and Cascavelle has become one of the busiest main streets of Mauritius (more than 3000 vehicles per hour at peak hours), the school is exposed to high levels of pollution (see our recent article). In the case of storms and cyclones, the school area is frequently flood and suffers damages.