Phase-I of High Impact Community Development Project - Formal Inauguration Ceremony at Anse Boileau Secondary School along with donation of books and Solar Lamps on October 22, 2019” Press Releases

Phase-I of High Impact Community Development Project - Formal Inauguration Ceremony at Anse Boileau Secondary School along with donation of books and Solar Lamps on October 22, 2019”

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Phase-I of High Impact Community Development Project Formal Inauguration Ceremony at Anse Boileau Secondary School along with donation of books and Solar Lamps on October 22, 2019:

 

High Commissioner of India, H.E. General Dalbir Singh Suhag formally inaugurated the first of the 33 High Impact Community Development Projects being undertaken in Seychelles at Anse Boileau Secondary School. The project on ‘Construction of Boundary wall & Renovation at Anse Boileau Secondary School’ funded under India’s grant assistance is being implemented by Seychelles based 'All Weather Construction', thereby directly contributing to more employment opportunities for Seychellois. Speaking at the event, High Commissioner said he was happy to note that with this event, the execution of projects had started for the First Phase costing SCR 35 Million (USD 2.5 Million) for the 33 Projects spread across various Ministries and Departments including Local Government, Primary & Secondary Schools and Department of Culture in all the 3 Islands of Mahe, Praslin and La Digue.

The project in Anse Boileau Secondary School in particular costing SCR 2 Million (INR 10 Million), covers construction of Boundary Wall, Leveling the Floor, Reinstating Windows etc. These projects not only generate more employment and business opportunities to Seselwa, but also touch the lives of each and every individual.

This event also coincided with the two year-long celebrations of the 150th Birth Anniversary of the world epitome of Peace and Non-Violence, Mahatma Gandhi. The United Nations General Assembly unanimously passed a resolution declaring his birthday, 2 October as the ‘International Day of Non-Violence’.

Speaking at the event, High Commissioner explained some of the principles that Gandhiji practiced and propagated through his life and which are worthwhile to standby even to this date. Some of the ideas he spoke on, included, Non-Violence, Simplicity, Sustainable Living Practices etc.

Government of India, taking the footsteps of the Mahatma, has pioneered many initiatives for fighting against climate change and for sustainability including the International Solar Alliance(ISA), wherein more than 75 countries have already ratified their cooperation and Seychelles is one of the founding members of the ISA and will be availing Solar Implementations to the extent of USD 8.7 Million under this development partnership arrangement for rooftop solar installations in various government building, housing units and solar street lighting in various locations in Mahe, Praslin and La Digue. The Government of India has committed more than USD 1 Billion Concessional Credit Lines for the Solar Projects under ISA in the African countries alone.

The High Commissioner donated 35 Solar Table-Top Study Lamps, which were Made in India, fitted with solar panels to the deserving students from S4 for their board exam preparations. As a special gesture and on the request of the Head Teacher of the School, the High Commissioner also donated a collection of 51 Books covering various genre from India for the Anse Boileau Secondary School, as part of the ‘International School Library Month’ celebrations. The event also saw the participation of Minister for Education & Human Resources Development of Republic of Seychelles, H.E. Mrs. Jeanne Simeon and Principal Secretary for School Education, Dr. Odile Comarmond.

 

Speaking at the event, Head Teacher Gina Labiche, profoundly thanked the High Commissioner for the kind gesture and appreciated the efforts taken by the High Commission of India. Students and teachers of the school presented an artisanal giant tortoise to the High Commissioner as a token of appreciation.