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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

Business Insider 
George and Amal Clooney and Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge used the Air Seychelles VIP service. This add-on lets you relax and enjoy refreshments in their air-conditioned lounge while they collect your luggage and process you through ... See more..
Seychelles News Agency 
(Seychelles News Agency) - Seychelles is part of a globally recognized Biodiversity Hotspot known as the Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands Region. The island nation has a remarkable level of endemic species, many of which are included on the list ... See more..
Aviation Tribune 
Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles has recorded a strong first quarter of 2017 by carrying 143,761 passengers, representing an increase of 12.4 per cent over the results achieved during the same period in 2016 (127,923 ... See more..
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Daily Mail 
The actress hit the beach in The Seychelles wearing a very skimpy red bikini from her own collection, flaunting her ample assets and incredibly toned tum. Letting the stunning image do all the talking, she simply captioned the image with the words: ... See more..
Seychelles News Agency 
The Detention Remand Facility, the island nation's first, is located within a compound of the Seychelles police, at Bois De Rose Avenue, on the outskirts of the capital, Victoria. It is equipped to cater and provide custodial care to 80 male detainees ... See more..
The National 
Emirates on Tuesday renewed global marketing agreements with Mauritius and Seychelles by extending its Memorandum of Understanding with the tourism boards of the two Indian Ocean countries. Emirates started operations to Mauritius in September ... See more..
Seychelles News Agency 
Surrounded by miners from Rosebud Mining, US President Donald Trump (C) applauds after signing the Energy Independence Executive Order at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Headquarters in Washington, DC, March 28, 2017. President ... See more..
Anadolu Agency 
Turkey's aid agency Tuesday donated critical medical equipment to the largest hospital in the East African island nation of Seychelles to help modernize and ... See more..
eTurboNews 
The Seychelles Principal Secretary for Tourism, Anne Lafortune, represented the Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, at the 59th meeting of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Commission for ... See more..
Prensa Latina 
Havana, Apr 26 (Prensa Latina) Seychelles President, Danny Faure, opens his country''s embassy in Cuba today, as part of his official visit to the Caribbean nation. The Seychelles embassy in Cuba is the first of that African nation in the Latin ... 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