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Social Development

Social Development is not everything:
It's the only thing

Over the last two decades the key policy goal of the Government of Maldives has been social development. And this is not just on paper. The Maldives is one of the few countries in the world that has met the ECOSOC target of investing 20% of its GDP on social development.

The results of this investment are impressive. Where there was not a single government school in a non-Male island 25 years back, today there is at least one school in each of the nearly 200 inhabited islands. Where primary education was an exclusive domain of the privileged few in Male just a generation back, today it is not just a universal right but a national duty for all children.

When a fisherman in an outer island falls sick today, he no longer looks around for the local witch doctor, who sends him on an impossible errand to get non-existent ingredients. Instead, he goes to a modern hospital to take treatment from a specialist. The medications do not come from the "flower buds of a non-mature coconut palm, nor from the navel of an unborn child". They come from well-stocked pharmacies.

Education for All

When Maumoon Abdul Gayoom was elected President of the Maldives in 1978, children in the outer islands had no schools to go. Unless their parents could afford expensive accommodation in the capital Male, they simply had to be satisfied with whatever the local "eduruge" could teach them....

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Science in the Islands

The knowledge explosion of the late twentieth century is fast catching up with the once sleepy islands of the Maldives. Jalaluddin School, formerly the Northern Secondary School, in Kuludufushi recently organized a science fair.....

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Information Technology

The year 2000 marks a special landmark in the history of communication in the Maldives. All inhabited islands were connected telephone services by the end of that year.....[Click the heading for details]

Time journey through island health

"Its a girl," a nurse in operation theatre greens told Ibrahim Fulhu through the half open door, "both mother and baby are dong fine." Ibrahim Fulhu heaved a sigh of relief, thanking Almighty Allah for the happily changed circumstances in his life. As his eyes wandered across an almost endless stretch of spotlessly clean white tile leading on to an immaculately kept flowerbed, his mind travelled into the past...
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Women's Day Message Gives New Hope and Opportunity

President Gayoom's Women's Day message gives new hope and opportunity to the women of Maldives. It also challenges them to take their rightful place in society. In his appeal published in a media supplement issued on March 8, 2002, he called on the women of the nation to accept and assert that women and men are equal in their ability and aptitude, and to achieve their full potential in managing their own lives and in contributing to national development.........

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