President Mohamed Nasheed met with the visiting delegation of Bernardo’s, a children’s charity organisation of UK, this morning.

Bernardo’s visit is a follow up of the discussions held in the UK in April this year during Madam Laila Ali’s visit to the Bernardo’s High Close School.

Speaking at the meeting held at the President’s Office of the President this afternoon, President Nasheed noted that there are a number of children who need special care. He also spoke on the importance of further developing the area of providing special care for such children in the Maldives. He also noted the importance of identifying short term and long term measures to be taken.

Delegates of Bernardo’s elaborated on the ways in which Bernardo’s could provide its assistance to the Maldives in providing care to children who need special care. Specifically, discussions were focussed on capacity building and staff development.

They briefed the President on the findings of their visits to state childcare facilities in, Maafushi, Vilingili and Feydhoo Finolhu. They also said that they would submit to the government an assessment report of their visit as well as recommendations and an operational plan.