During his first Presidential Address at the Parliament, President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu unveiled plans to extend the teaching of Islam and Dhivehi subjects to additional countries accommodating Maldivian students. Currently taught in Sri Lanka, India, and Malaysia, these subjects will now see a broader reach in the educational landscape.
President Muizzu, expressing his commitment to transformative changes in the education sector, emphasized the significance of nurturing disciplined generations with a profound love for their nationality. The expansion of Dhivehi and Islamic education to more countries aims to achieve this vision and foster a sense of cultural identity among Maldivian students abroad.
“We will expand the education of the Dhivehi language and Islamic studies to students residing in foreign countries this year,” declared President Muizzu, outlining the government’s dedication to enhancing educational opportunities globally.
The president further announced the establishment of national libraries on each island, reinforcing the commitment to promoting a culture of reading and knowledge. In addition to Dhivehi and Islamic studies, Nationalism is set to be introduced as a separate subject in schools during the upcoming academic year, marking a significant addition to the curriculum.
Eleven schools have already commenced teaching Nationalism to fourth-grade students, reflecting the proactive approach towards instilling a sense of patriotism from an early age.
This educational initiative follows the precedent set during former President Abdulla Yameen’s government in 2014, where Islam, Dhivehi, and Quran studies were introduced for Maldivians living abroad. The Maldivian Educational and Cultural Center (MECC) in Sosan Villa, Colombo, Sri Lanka, has since seen students taking Ordinary Level examinations in these subjects. With this recent announcement, the global expansion of Maldivian education takes a significant leap forward.