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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

Daily Mail 
Things don't get much more Ernest Hemingway than this. I'm standing in the back of a fishing boat, chugging around the island of Alphonse in the Seychelles. I have just heard the reel on my fishing rod click round one notch. I clip the rod into my ... See more..
AllAfrica.com 
A European Union-funded project to build a fish market and gear store on La Digue, the third-most populated island of Seychelles, has begun. The project costs $201,000 (2.7 million Seychelles rupees) and will benefit over 60 fishermen on the island. See more..
AllAfrica.com 
Does it seem like there are more motorcycles on the roads of Seychelles? That may not just be a figment of your imagination, as drivers are turning toward the two-wheeled vehicles to beat bad traffic. The island nation has seen an uptick of bike lovers ... See more..
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eTurboNews 
Editors pick:: Show as Editors PickA Seychelles' exhibition was set up from March 14-18, 2017, whereby shoppers and subscribers of the shopping center “La ... See more..
Seychelles News Agency 
(Seychelles News Agency) - The Seychelles' President expressed condolences on Thursday following a terror attack in central London at the very heart of Britain and its Government, claiming lives and injuring many others. In his message to Her Majesty ... See more..
Seychelles News Agency 
Bukina's player Aristide Bance (C) vies with Comores' players Nadjim Abdou (L) and Youssouf Ncham (R) during the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualification football match between Burkina Faso and Comores, on June 13, 2015 in Ouagadougou. See more..
Seychelles News Agency 
(Seychelles News Agency) - The Miss Seychelles beauty pageant has been a tradition since the beginning of 1968. It is a platform which embodies the unique personality and beauty of the young ladies in Seychelles, a group of 115 islands in the western ... See more..
AllAfrica.com 
To mark the end of Commonwealth week, a tree planting activity was held in one of Seychelles' national parks, contributing to the number of trees being planted in the country under the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) initiative. Staff from the ... See more..
Seychelles News Agency 
(Seychelles News Agency) - The Department of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday announced the rotation plan and appointments of the heads of Seychelles' diplomatic missions abroad. Foreign Secretary Claude Morel said that the new appointments “have ... See more..
AllAfrica.com 
The economy of Seychelles will be negatively affected if the country conforms to the decision of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) to use 2014 as the reference year to reduce yellowfin tuna catch by 15 percent, officials in the island nation's ... 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