Book Chapter

Transforming Education in the Maldives: The Challenges of a Small Island Developing State

Rhonda Di Biase, Ahmed Ali Maniku

Handbook of Education Systems in South Asia | Springer | Published : 2020


The Republic of the Maldives is an archipelago in the South Asia region. It is a highly dispersed country made up of 188 inhabited islands and 105 tourist resort islands. The geographic and demographic features have implications for education across the Maldivian education system. There are particular challenges in terms of the delivery of education across the country in providing equitable access to education and improving the quality of education. There is disparity across islands depending on factors such as employment opportunities for island populations and access to a qualified and motivated teaching workforce. Recent reforms have been designed to address the need to improve the qualit..

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