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President says rehabilitation and reintegration of inmates are core policies

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President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has stated that rehabilitation and reintegration of Inmates while reducing repeat offending are core to the government’s policies. He made the statement while speaking at the ceremony held to mark the 51st anniversary of the Maldives Correctional Services (MCS).

Speaking at the ceremony, President Solih emphasised the importance of rehabilitation by stating that the first ever drug rehabilitation programme conducted in a Maldives prison was successfully completed by 32 inmates. He said that prison reform has a broader objective of restoring and reviving society.

Elaborating on prison reform policies, President Solih said that the recommendations made in prison audits conducted as part of the administration’s first 100-day pledge were being incorporated into efforts to improve the prison system. The president also revealed that the administration had begun adapting the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners or the Mandela Rules and that the process of familiarising prison officers with these standards was also underway. He added that a programme called”Fahi Furusathu was launched in 2020 for inmates released on parole for reintegration into society.

In his speech, President Solih stated that the Prisons and Parole Act was being amended to improve the parole process in order to reintegrate inmates back into society. He also referenced the recently published study called Prison Radicalisation in the Maldives conducted by Transparency Maldives and highlighted that there was a prevalence of inmates convicted on drug-related charges being influenced by religious extremism in prisons. He revealed that a special 100-person capacity unit was being built on Maafushi Prison, where special reintegration programmes for extremists would be carried out.

At the ceremony, President Solih presented commemorative plaques to employees who had served MCS for 25 consecutive years.

 

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President and First Lady depart to Bahrain on an official visit

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President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and First Lady Fazna Ahmed have departed for Bahrain on an official visit.

The Spokesperson at the President’s Office Miuvaan Mohamed said President Solih will be visiting Bahrain from October 5-8 at the invitation of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain.

During the visit, President Solih is scheduled to sign a number of high-level agreements with Bahrain, which will further strengthen the friendly relations between the two countries.

President Solih last travelled abroad to the United Kingdom (UK) last month to attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

 

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Education sector essential for building nation’s workforce: President

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President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has stated the education sector is essential for building the nation’s workforce and human resources. He made the statement in a written address to the nation on World Teachers’ Day 2022.

In the address, President Solih reflected on the changes in the education sector over the years, noting the unprecedented advances in science and technology. He emphasised the importance of teachers familiarising with the new technology and modern teaching techniques and said the goal of the education sector should be to raise children who are knowledgeable enough to adapt to these advances.

Additionally, President Solih said anyone who wants to bring positive changes to society should begin their work in the education sector since societal reform is closely linked to the education sector. He went on to say the education sector is essential for building the nation’s workforce and human resources. He conveyed his best wishes to all teachers and educators in the Maldives on the occasion of Teachers’ Day and expressed his heartfelt gratitude for their invaluable service to the nation.

In an earlier tweet, President Solih conveyed his gratitude and deep appreciation to teachers across the Maldives by highlighting the positive impression that teachers leave on students. He said individuals owe much to their selfless hard work to educate children and to guide and prepare them for life.

The theme of World Teachers’ Day 2022 is The Transformation of Education Begins with Teachers.

 

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President says next top priority will be to improve health sector

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President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has stated that the primary focus of the administration next year will be to improve the healthcare sector. He made the remark at a meeting held at the President’s Office with senior officials from healthcare providers across the Maldives.

At the meeting, President Solih stated that the administration will prioritise the development of healthcare services in the coming year and that some transformative changes in the sector have already been achieved. However, he noted that there was still room for improvement in healthcare services.

At the meeting, the managers of health centres from across the country highlighted the recent notable achievements in the sector. They also discussed with the president the need for the standardisation of healthcare centres, staff shortages, mobile laboratory management, the steady supply of prescription drugs, and mechanisms for managing public health services.

Furthermore, President Solih briefed participants on the plans of the administration to improve the healthcare sector further and provided updates on the status of ongoing initiatives. He also assured them that the health sector would soon see some progressive changes.

Vice President Faisal Naseem also attended the meeting. He stated the administration had surpassed all previous governments in reforming healthcare services in the atolls across the country.

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