Maldives' largest school to be built in Hulhumale

Housing Development Corporation (HDC) Thursday awarded the contract to build a school for 1,700 students to local construction giant Amin Construction in the reclaimed suburb Hulhumale.

At the signing ceremony held at the HDC main office on Thursday, HDC Managing Director Mohamed Saiman stated that the purpose of the new school was to accommodate more educational opportunities available as the population continues to increase in the suburban island.

Saiman revealed that an additional 12,000 people will be living in Hulhumale with the opening of new housing units this year, with the island already housing a population of 30,000.

"We have to accommodate the increasing population of Hulhumale. We have to increase support facilities in housing and education. We started the project in this school due to the future importance of a new school to the community," Saiman said.

While Amin Construction has been contracted to finish completion of the MVR132 million school, the Managing Director of the company Abdulla Mohamed stated that the school will be completed within 14 months, and that it would be the most advanced school in the Maldives.

The school, which is set to hold seven floors, would have special access ramps up until the sixth floor for students with special needs. With lifts and an outdoor area in all floors of the school, some classrooms will be built in ways suitable for children with special needs.