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Indian aid to fund Fehendhoo-Goidhoo student ferry

Ahmed Aiham
03 June 2019, MVT 12:50
Students aboard the Fehendhoo, Baa Atoll, student dingy. PHOTO: AHMED ABDULLAH SAEED / MIHAARU
Ahmed Aiham
03 June 2019, MVT 12:50

The government of Maldives has allocated MVR 1.5 million towards establishing a student ferry service between Fehendhoo and Goidhoo, Baa Atoll, from the grant assistance provided by India.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the project aims to provide a "long term solution" for the issue of transportation faced by students from Fehendhoo travelling to Goidhoo.

Due to a declining residential population, Fehendhoo School was shut down in 2008 and the students made to enrol at Goidhoo.

Currently, students depart to neighbouring Goidhoo via a small dingy, arranged by the Parents Association and the Island Council of Fehendhoo.

However, as the condition of the dingy is deteriorating, the issue could potentially interrupt the student's access to education.

Previously, social media has been abuzz with stark criticism over the harsh conditions that students face when travelling to and from Fehendhoo, with many urging the state to provide an adequate solution.

India provided USD 6.9 million (MVR 106 million) as grant assistance to Maldives, during the visit of former Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj in March.

The aim of the grant assistance is to conduct high-impact socio-economic development projects across the country.

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