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The Seychelles was recently recognized by UNESCO as the only country in Africa to achieve full access to education for all students in the country.1 The literacy rate has also increased to 94%.2 There are new early childhood education care centers and the government made primary education free and compulsory.3 The country also has the goal of gender equality within the education system by 2015.4 For being classified as a small island developing state, the Seychelles has made excellent progress, but there is still room for improvement in developing vocational education programs and providing additional training opportunities for teachers.5

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1http://www.seychellesnewsagency.com/articles/473/UNESCO+Seychelles+is+only+country+in+Africa+to+achieve+education+for+all
2-3 Ibid
4 http://www.mfa.gov.sc/static.php?content_id=36&news_id=816
5 Ibid
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Seychelles News

AllAfrica.com 
Seychelles is putting climate change issues higher on the national agenda through strengthened cooperation and increased involvement with all partners in the process, a top official said. Earlier this year a two-day session was organised for a ... See more..
eTurboNews 
Almost halfway through the year 2017, Germany has taken the number one spot as the Seychelles main tourism market. According to latest statistics the National Bureau of Statistics released on Thursday, Germany has sent 21,642 visitors to the island ... See more..
eTurboNews 
The grand finale of the 7th season of South African series Tropika Island of Treasure wrapped up Monday evening, after 12 weeks of spectacular coverage of the Seychelles islands. Screened on South Africa's SABC 3 channel, Tropika Island of Treasure ... See more..
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eTurboNews 
“Seychelles – the heaven you must visit before you die” was the slogan used to attract visitors to the island destination's stand at the HanaTour International Travel Show 2017 in South Korea. The four-day event was held at the Kintex Exhibition center ... See more..
Seychelles News Agency 
(Seychelles News Agency) - The end of June is the time of year when locals and visitors hunt for an island delicacy in Seychelles: the sooty tern egg. This year, the Bird Island Lodge is the only supplier of the much-awaited eggs. “Like it is the case ... See more..
Daily Mail 
To mark the occasion the newly-wed couple have jetted off to the idyllic Seychelles islands, to enjoy a well-earned break in the serenity of the Indian ocean. Alvaro Morata is putting all football matters aside to enjoy his honeymoon with Alice ... See more..
eTurboNews 
Several tour operators and travel agents already selling Seychelles, as well as friends of Alphonse Island and past guests of the island were invited to the event. The guests met at the hospitality suite before the test match where the well-represented ... See more..
AllAfrica.com 
Seychelles is gearing up for the return of the Biennale of Contemporary Art later this year after an absence of more than 15 years. The launching of the biennale under the theme "In a world of crisis, what does art do?" took place recently in a short ... See more..
Seychelles News Agency 
(Seychelles News Agency) - A 62-year-old Swedish woman apparently drowned over the weekend on Praslin, the second-most populated island of Seychelles, the police said on Sunday. The incident happened at Anse La Blague on Sunday, and the ... See more..
Seychelles News Agency 
(FILES) This file photo taken on October 15, 2012 shows former president of Botswana, Sir Ketumile Masire, member of the prize committee of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, attending the announcement of the 2012 Ibrahim Prize for achievement in African ... See more..
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Geography

archipelago in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar
Area

Total 455 sq km
Land 455 sq km
Water 0 sq km

Climate

tropical marine; humid; cooler season during southeast monsoon (late May to September); warmer season during northwest monsoon (March to May)
Natural Resources

fish, copra, cinnamon trees ;
Natural Hazards

lies outside the cyclone belt, so severe storms are rare; occasional short droughts
Current Environmental Issues

water supply depends on catchments to collect rainwater

Demographics

Nationality
Seychellois
Population
90,846 (July 2013 est.)
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since independence in 1976, per capita output in this Indian Ocean archipelago has expanded to roughly seven times the pre-independence, near-subsistence level, moving the island into the upper-middle-income group of countries. Growth has been led by the tourist sector, which employs about 30% of the labor force and provides more than 70% of hard currency earnings, and by tuna fishing. In recent years, the government has encouraged foreign investment to upgrade hotels and other services. At the same time, the government has moved to reduce the dependence on tourism by promoting the development of farming, fishing, and small-scale manufacturing. In ...See More July 2008 the government defaulted on a Euro amortizing note worth roughly US$80 million, leading to a downgrading of Seychelles credit rating. In an effort to obtain loans to service its debt, Seychelles in November 2008 signed a standby arrangement with the IMF that mandated floating the exchange rate, removing foreign exchange controls, cutting government spending, and tightening monetary policy. In response to Seychelles' successful implementation of these policies, the IMF upgraded Seychelles to a three-year extended fund facility (EFF) of $31 million in December 2009. In 2008, GDP fell more than 1% due to declining tourism and the initial effects of liberalization, but the economy recovered in 2010-11 after the reforms took hold and tourism increased. Growth slowed again in 2012 with flagging tourism from Russia and the United Arab Emirates. Seychelles is attempting to implement further structural reforms, including overhauling the tax system, reorganizing of state enterprises, and deregulating the finance and communications sectors. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$2.355 billion (2012 est.); $2.292 billion (2011 est.); $2.182 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

18.9% of GDP (2012 est.); 11.6% of GDP (2011 est.); 8.4% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

coconuts, cinnamon, vanilla, sweet potatoes, cassava (tapioca), copra, bananas; poultry; tuna
Industries

fishing, tourism, processing of coconuts and vanilla, coir (coconut fiber) rope, boat building, printing, furniture; beverages