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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

World Health Organization 
18 October 2017 | Victoria, Seychelles - Samples from patients in Seychelles suspected to be ill with pneumonic plague tested negative at a WHO partner laboratory in Paris, France on Tuesday, 17 October 2017. The ten samples were shipped by the ... See more..
Mongabay.com 
“Caecilians are common in the Seychelles but they are not widely known to people because they live underground,” Maddock said. “This new species has not been encountered on other islands during hundreds of hours of dedicated caecilian surveys ... See more..
World Health Organization 
The probable case is a 34-year-old man who had visited Madagascar and returned to Seychelles on 6 October 2017. He developed symptoms on 9 October 2017 and presented to a local health centre. Based on a medical examination and reported history of ... See more..
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Reuters 
GENEVA (Reuters) - A probable case of plague in the Seychelles, imported from Madagascar, is believed to have sparked the Indian Ocean country's first outbreak of the disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. Plague, which is mainly spread by ... See more..
eTurboNews 
Further improving knowledge of the Seychelles' products in the Middle East region, allowing the trade to strengthen relations with existing partners, as well as ... See more..
AllAfrica.com 
Miss Seychelles Another World 2017 leaves the country on Thursday for China, the host of this year's Miss World beauty pageant. Hillary Joubert said she is excited to experience new things. "I am excited to meet the other contestants and learn more ... See more..
Telegraph.co.uk 
Below is the new aircraft BA will use when it resumes Seychelles flights in March, after a 14-year gap. Non-stop twice-weekly departures (from £699) mean no more bleary-eyed change of planes in Middle Eastern airports for seekers of paradise on these ... See more..
New York Times 
The outbreak of plague in Madagascar has spread to the Seychelles, a nearby chain of islands in the Indian Ocean, the country's health ministry said Wednesday. According to the ministry, a 34-year-old man who fell ill after returning from Madagascar on ... See more..
AllAfrica.com 
Belle Vue (La Digue) From 300m high, this view point is situated on the island of La Digue, the third-most populated island of Seychelles. As the name suggest it's a beautiful view of some of islands close by including Ile Coco, Felicite, Marianne, l ... See more..
CNBCAfrica.com 
Ambassador Morel ended his statement by reiterating Seychelles commitment to work closely with the secretariat, member states, dialogue partners and stakeholders of the IORA with the aim of achieving sustainable economic growth and development in the ... 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