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The nation has benefited every day since Majeediyya School’s inception, says the President

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President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih praised the numerous contributions to national development by the alumni of Majeediyya School, stating that the nation had benefited every day since the school’s inception. He made these remarks while speaking at the special function held to commemorate the 95th anniversary of the school.

Madhrasathul Salaahiyyaa—Majeediyya School today—was established on April 19, 1927, as the Maldives’ first government school. First Lady Fazna Ahmed, Vice President Faisal Naseem, senior government officials, members of the school management and alumni joined the President at the function held to commemorate the occasion.

Speaking at the function, the President emphasised that we are commemorating the successes of the school’s continued efforts over the past 95 years to produce valuable young people. He also recalled the invaluable services rendered by the late Hussain Salahuddin, the founder of Majeediyya School, which marked the beginning of institutional education for Maldivian youth.

The President highlighted the priority accorded by parents to ensure quality education for their children and spoke about how the national education system had evolved. He noted that the establishment of Madhrasathul Salaahiyyaa marked the commencement of education on a national level.

Highlighting the development of the education sector over the years, the President spoke about the phases of progression and the many prejudices that had to be overcome. He stated that the education system today recognises the right of every child to a quality education and that the law requires the state and parents to ensure early childhood education and primary schooling for every child.

The President also described Majeediyya School as an institution representing pride and dignity in its pursuit of educational excellence. He stated that the institution is a proud legacy of the Maldives’ heritage and that our national duty is to faithfully and safely pass it down through the generations as a valuable national treasure.

The President said that Majeedhiyya School has produced young people for every sector of national development. He also said that members of the school’s alumni continue to serve in every industry and level, rendering invaluable services in various capacities.

At the function, the President celebrated members of the Majeediyya School staff who had served the school for over 25 years and presented plaques of appreciation. The First Lady presented plaques of appreciation to staff who have served for over 20 years, while the Vice President presented plaques to private partners who have supported the school over the years.

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President Solih ruling against wishes of the people: Nasheed

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Despite the electoral pledge by Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) to hold a constitutional referendum to decide on switching to a parliamentary system of governance, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih is currently running the government against the wishes of the people, states MDP leader and Parliament Speaker, former President Mohamed Nasheed.
Nasheed, who has announced his intention of running in the MDP primary for the 2023 presidential elections against President Solih, travelled to GDh. Thinadhoo to launch his campaign Friday.

Speaking at a rally Friday evening, Nasheed said the decision by President Solih to run the government without holding a referendum was “a big mistake”.

He asked President Solih to hold the referendum “as was decided by the people”.

“I am calling for government to be run based on what the people want. The government must be composed based on what the people decide. I told the president that I wished for him to prioritize this when he began his administration. There are many inconsistencies in this. These inconsistencies will ultimately prove an obstacle to our development,” he said.

Nasheed said that MDP’s manifesto, which the coalition partners had endorsed, called for a referendum within the first 18 months of the administration.

It isn’t wise to make new pledges without first delivering the electoral pledge to hold the referendum, he said.

All government coalition leader except for Nasheed have since rejected plans to switch to a parliamentary system, citing that the current political and economic climate did not accommodate such a significant change.

Source(s): sun.mv

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Small grant recipient organizations selected

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By: Fathimath Lauza

Bank of Maldives Selects Small Grant fund Organization .According to BML, the project was announced as part of its 40th anniversary celebration.

BML Small Grants Fund is open to organizations implementing sustainable development and environmental projects.

8 projects will be selected from the projects submitted and MVR 250,000 will be paid to each project.

Through BML Small Grants, 8 projects submitted by NGOs have been selected to win a grant of MVR 250,000 to carry out community-based projects around the areas of sustainability, climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The 8 organizations selected for this small grant are:

1. Maldives Ocean Plastic Alliance (MOPA)
2. Huvadhoo Association for Tourism (HAT)
3. Vaadhoo Association for Future Development (VAFD)
4. Kumundoo Revival Initiative (Kri)
5. Women in Fuvammulah
6. Small Island Research Group
7. Huvadhoo Aid
8. Kihaadhoo Development Society (KIDS)

BML is celebrating its 40th anniversary and is doing various activities.

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New high commissioners from Pakistan and Singapore have presented their credentials to President

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The credentials were presented by the new Pakistan High Commissioner Vice Admiral (Retired) Muhammad Fayyaz Gilani, and new Singapore High Commissioner Soo Kok Leng in separate meetings at the President’s Office on Tuesday.

Meeting the Pakistan High Commissioner Gilani afterwards, President Solih congratulated him on his new appointment.

H.E. Vice Admiral (Retd.) Muhammad Fayyaz Gilani, presented his credentials to H.E. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

They discussed the long-standing historical relations between the two countries, which both agreed were based on mutual respect, understanding, shared values, and faith.

They also discussed ways to further enhance cooperation at regional and international fora on mutual interest areas, including education, health, sports, and defence.

Speaking at the meeting, President Solih conveyed his deepest sympathies and condolences to the government and people of Pakistan following the devastation and loss of life caused by the recent floods in Pakistan.

They concluded the meeting in the hopes of renewed commitment to strengthening bilateral and multilateral cooperation between the two countries.

In his meeting with Singapore High Commissioner Soo, President Solih congratulated him on his new appointment and reaffirmed the two countries’ long-standing bilateral relations, which he said was based on shared values and people-to-people contact.
President Solih stated that Singapore is an important development partner for the Maldives.

They also discussed various issues of common interest, including regional and international collaboration, trade and investment cooperation, tourism cooperation, and climate adaptation.

High Commissioner Soo also commended President Solih and his administration on the successful management of Covid-19 in the Maldives.

Before concluding the meeting, President Solih and High Commissioner Soo expressed their commitment to further strengthen the long-standing bilateral and multilateral cooperation between the two countries.

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