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History & Background, Constitutional & Legal Foundations, Educational System—overview, Preprimary & Primary Education, Secondary EducationNONFORMAL EDUCATION, SUMMARY

Official Country Name: Republic of Maldives
Region: East & South Asia
Population: 301,475
Language(s): Maldivian Dhivehi, English
Literacy Rate: 93.2%

In the nonformal sector the government offers a Condensed Education Program called "Second Chance" to those youth and adults who have not had the opportunity to complete primary and secondary education. Short courses in areas such as early childhood care and development and languages are also provided.

Education is a priority in the Maldives because it is seen as vital to the nation's participation in the international forum in this age of globalization. A key issue in educational planning and development in the Maldives is achieving a balance between the preservation of indigenous knowledge and local roots and scientific, technological knowledge and global perspective.


Asian Development Bank. "Social sector Profile: Maldives, Social development Issues for the Twenty-first Century." Asian Development Bank, 2000.

Gayoom, Maumoon Abdul. The Maldives: A Nation in Peril. Ministry of Planning Human Resources and Environment, 1998.

Ministry of Education. "Maldives. Education for a global era: challenges to equity, opportunities for diversity." Country paper for the 14th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers, 2000.

Robinson,Francis(Ed.). The Cambridge Encyclopedia of India, Pakistan,Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives. Cambridge University Press, 1990.

—Leena Banerjee

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