Ile Perseverance -New school to be ready at the start of next year


The ministerial delegation on their visit yesterday

This was said by the Minister for Education Macsuzy Mondon after a visit yesterday morning to assess the progress of construction work on the school.

Minister Mondon was accompanied by her special advisor Christian Cafrine and other senior officials from her ministry.

Also present was the Minister for Land Use and Habitat Christian Lionnet and a delegation of officials from his ministry.

All present were taken on a tour of the school being built by Allied Builders company to see the facilities and the overall progress.

Speaking to the media afterwards, Minister Mondon said she is satisfied with the progress of the project and that all are on track.

“The contractor has assured us that the school will be completed by January 15, and that will give us time to prepare everything in time for the start of the new school year,” she said.

The school’s architecture is different from other primary schools and Minister Mondon said her ministry had found the design interesting and will consider using it for other primary schools to be built in the future.

“Since not all the families have moved into the Ile Perseverance villages, at the start of next year’s school term we are only expecting around 100 crèche and 350 primary pupils, but when all the families have moved in, we are expecting to get a lot more pupils, and the school will be able to cater for them all,” she said.

For now, only the primary part is expected to be completed by January, and the crèche is said to be ready by April.

“Crèche pupils will for now use the same building as the primary students, until theirs is ready,” she said. 

Mrs Mondon said once the entire project is completed, the school will be able to cater for over 700 students, and her ministry will have enough teachers to cater for all needs.

“The best features of the school are that it is very spacious, will have a new colour scheme, and we also have new facilities such as an open theatre, and specialist rooms. Provisions have also been made for students with certain disabilities who can attend this school,” she said.

The school is being financed partly by loans from the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (Badea), Opec Fund for International Development (Ofid), and the government of Seychelles.
Secondary students will continue to attend school where they have been schooling for now.