Gili Lankanfushi donates 50 bicycles to Education Ministry

giliThe award-winning Gili Lankafushi Resort has donated 50 bicycles to the Ministry of Education.Gili Lankanfushi General Manager Steven Phillips handed over the bicycles at a ceremony at the ministry’s offices in Male’ on February 16.

 After accepting the bicycles on behalf of the government, Education Minister Dr Aishath Shiham expressed gratitude to the resort’s management and presented a commemorative plaque to the general manager.

 Speaking to the press at the ceremony, Education Development Officer Aminath Najfa said the bicycles would be provided for use in public schools in the atolls. The bicycles are intended for use by staff as well as students in extra-curricular activities, she added.

Najfa revealed that the bicycles would be sent to the Hanimaadhoo School and the Kulhudhufushi  Afaafudheen School in Haa Dhaal atoll, the Kendhikulhudhoo School in Noonu atoll, the Fuvahmulah Atoll Education Centre in Gnaviyani atoll, and the Sharafudheen School in Addu City.

 She noted that the schools were selected based on the relatively high number of students and large populations of the islands. Steven Phillips meanwhile told local media at the ceremony that the five-star luxury resort had previously used the bicycles. He added that the management decided to donate the bicycles to schools as Gili Lankanfushi had recently received a new shipment.

t Phillips assured further assistance from the resort in the future for the Maldives’ education sector. The resort has also funded development projects in its neighbouring inhabited island of Himmafushi. Last month, Gili Lankanfushi earned the prestigious TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Award for best hotel in the world.

 Gili Lankanfushi is located in North Male’ Atoll, a 20-minute speedboat ride from the international airport.