Despite heavy rains on the morning of Thursday 10th March 2016 the Minister for Education, Mrs Macsuzy Mondon, officially laid the foundation stone for the Ile Perseverance secondary school on in a ceremony which was attended by the Vice President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. Danny Faure, ministers, members of the national assembly, principal secretaries, as well as officers from the ministry of education, and some parents and students.
The Ile Perseverance Secondary School Project which is being partly financed by loans from BADEA (Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa), OFID (OPEC Fund for International Development) and the Government of Seychelles will cost 50.7 million rupees.
The new secondary school which has been designed according to the norms of the Ministry of Education for secondary level institutions is expected to open its doors to its first group of student in January 2018. The school will have a student capacity of 900 and will represent another landmark for Ile Perseverance.
In her speech to mark the occasion, Mrs. Merida Delcy, the Principal Secretary for the Department of Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Education (ECPSE) in the Ministry of Education, remarked that this is another historic event and an important milestone in the history of our country and the development of education in Seychelles.
She also noted that the laying of the foundation stone is symbolical in that it further emphasises the commitment of the Government of Seychelles to provide our children with the best possible facilities and opportunities for them to be well educated and to develop their potential to the fullest.
The Principal Secretary also appealed to the students to value the opportunity that is being offered to them and to realise how fortunate they are while so many children around the world who are longing to be at school and wanting to be educated but cannot go to school because of war or poverty. She urged the students to make the most of the many opportunities to make their parents and country proud of their achievements.
Mrs. Delcy expressed the appreciation of the Ministry of Education to the Ministry of Land Use and Housing for providing the technical support and expertise in the conceptualization of the school design and project oversight.
She also thanked the organisers of the event especially the Ministry of Community Development, Housing and Finance Corporation, the management of SPTC, the Project Contractor, the District Administration Offices of Ile Perseverance, Schools Division and Technical Team of the Ministry of Education the media and the children for their presentation and songs during the ceremony.
The foundation stone for the first primary school at Ile Perseverance was laid on 19th January 2012, and 18 months later the Perseverance North Primary School, opened its doors to welcome its first group of students. In total, three schools are planned to be built to serve the future residents of Ile Perseverance; two Primary schools with their associated Crêche and one secondary school. (Photos courtesy of Seychelles Nation)