Social Policies in Seychelles

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The country case studies and thematic papers in this series examine social policy issues facing small states and the implications for economic development. They show how, despite their inherent vulnerability, some small states have been successful in improving their social indicators because of the complementary social and economic policies they have implemented.


Seychelles has one of the most extensive social policy programmes in the developing world, and has been identified as a model for the rest of Africa. As a small state, however, it remains economically vulnerable and in 2008 had to accept a financial rescue package from the IMF. This book provides comprehensive analysis of social policy development in the country from the colonial era onwards, focusing on the political and economic developments that have led to the current situation. The challenge now is to maintain current levels of social policy interventions in the face of severe indebtedness and the stagnation of economic growth.



The Social Situation

Formal and organised primary education in Seychelles started around 1944 (Rowe, 1959), about 175 years after first settlement in the colony. Secondary education was introduced several years later. In both instances education was not compulsory and in large part it remained in the hands of the Catholic and Anglican churches until the abolition of all mission schools and private schools in 1977. Prior to this, families of French descent employed private tutors if they could afford them, while the children of poorer landowners and those of ex-slaves had no formal education.


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