Maldives successfully launches satellite schools in three remote islands

Satellite School in B. Fehendhoo | Photo: Social Media

Malé, Maldives – The Education Ministry on Monday launched satellite education in the Maldives.

Satellite education was inaugurated by Vice President Faisal Naseem with the launch of the Satellite Hub Centre in Huravee School in Malé City, connecting satellite schools in three islands; Fehendhoo Island in Baa Atoll, and Thinadhoo and Rakeedhoo Islands in Vaavu Atoll.

Speaking at the function held at Huravee School, Vice President Faisal said that the inauguration of satellite education is part of the administration’s broader vision of decentralised development.

Students from the three islands have longed for the opportunity to continue their education in their respective islands.

Vice President Faisal Naseem

Vice President Faisal noted that the new opportunity would bring ease to the students and their families. Some islands students have had to travel daily by boat to neighboring islands due to the lack of a school in their native island for over 14 years.

The satellite schooling concept was adopted in remote islands that lack public schools, with each satellite school staffed by two on-site facilitator teachers, an administrative officer, and a school helper. They are connected to the Satellite Hub Centre via high-speed internet.