Dhaalu Atoll Education Center opens : 1979
Haa Dhaalu Atoll Community school, as it was then known, was
opened way back in 1979 in the northern island of
Kulhuduffushi. It was one of the first government
schools to open outside Male. In those pioneering
days could anyone have imagined that this remote island would
be the hub of secondary education for the Northern Region?.
Gayoom arrives in Kulhuduffushi for the opening ceremony of
the Atoll Education Center -1979
President Gayoom's time ordinary Maldivians rarely got to see
their leader. Here the islanders are welcoming for the
first time a leader who was doing so much for them.
early in his presidency Gayoom made it his goal to visit all
the inhabited islands of the Maldives, to see how the people
lived, to share their joys and their sorrow.
days even for the President there were no airplanes or yachts
to travel in the type of luxury that today even ordinary
Maldivians are used to. Below the islanders are
enthusiastically rowing an open fishing boat carrying their
President towards the the jetty in Kulhuduffushi.
Kulhuduffushi was one of the few islands that had a jetty
those days. In others one had to wade ashore in knee
deep water. Yes, even the President.