Under its ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy, India continues to support socially impactful projects in Maldives

Giving Maldivian special children a chance to unlock their potential, ‘Inclusive Education Support Units,’ a project, funded by India under grant assistance, was inaugurated in two schools in the Indian Ocean country on Sunday.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by Foreign Minister of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid, Indian High Commissioner to Maldives, Sunjay Sudhir and other senior officials from the Maldivian Ministry of Education.

“Unlocking the special potential of special children! ‘Inclusive Education Support Units’ in Afeefuddin & Hafiz Ahmed Schools were inaugurated today. This grant assistance project is close to our hearts as it has a direct bearing on the dvpt. of children with special needs!” said a tweet of the Indian High Commission.


Last month, India and Maldives jointly inaugurated the ‘Fiyavathi Renovation Project’ through a virtual ceremony, a statement from the High Commission said.

Renovation of ‘Fiyavathi’ in Hulhumale’ that houses over 110 kids, was a very special project where the underlying aim is to create a conducive home environment for the children to grow and develop, it added.

The project is funded as part of India’s total grant assistance of MVR 200 million to the Maldives for supporting socially impactful projects strewn across the atolls.

The philosophy of India’s high-impact grant projects in the Maldives is to involve a high-level of community participation in project-implementation and support projects that positively impact areas of livelihood and income generation, health, education, gender and child empowerment, sports, sustainable development.

These projects constitute an important dimension of the dynamic development partnership between India and the Maldives and are driven by the needs of communities on the islands.

They are also in perfect sync with the policy of decentralized development being implemented by the Government of Maldives, the statement added.