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Flag of the Lhaviyani Atoll Education Centre - Image by Ivan Sache, 1 April 2007
Quoting the Atolls of the Maldives website:
Lhaviyani Atoll (Lh.) is located between latitude 5° 15' N and 5° 34' N. Situated to the south-east of Noonu Atoll, the Atoll has 4 inhabited islands, 5 resorts, one industrial island with tuna canning facilities located in Felivaru and a number of small uninhabited islands.
Naifaru, (pop about 4,500) the capital with good harbour facilities, a secondary level school and with a hospital with appropriate medical facilities has long been a stopover point for boats travelling to and from Malé to the northern atolls. Hinnavaru, located about 8 km to the north of Naifaru has a similar sized population. These two islands together account for much of the fishing that has long existed in this atoll. Felivaru canning factory provides some employment to the communities in these islands although the majority constitute imported labour. This is an atoll where tourism and fishing, the two major industries of the country, has proven to coexist on a sustainable manner. The island of Olhuvelifushi situated in the south eastern tip of the atoll is the lowest populated island and is under 500 persons. Currently, Naifaru is undergoing a massive land reclamation project in order to address the developmental needs of the island. Previously, Hinnavaru also reclaimed some land to meet the growing demand.
lhaviyani (ޅ) is the seventh letter of the Thaana alphabet, which replaced the original Dhives akuru (lit., the island's letters) alphabet after the Islamization of the Maldives in 1153. I understand that the administrative regions of the Maldives are named after the letters of the Thaana alphabet.
The Lhaviyani Atoll Education Centre is presented on its official website as follows:
This is the main school of Lhaviyani atoll (Faadhippolhu). It is an autonomous school funded by the government of Maldives. The student population of average 1,250 per year studies from grade 1 to 10. This school offers classes in three main streams (business, science and arts) for secondary grades.
Its foundation was laid on 4 June 1981(1 Shaubaan 1400) by Lh. Atoll Chief Mr. Ismail Rasheed. It was officially opened by the Hon. Minister of Health Mr. Abdullah Jameel on 10 March 1984 (7 Jumaadhul Aakhiraa 1404).
Ivan Sache, 1 April 2007
The flag of the Lhaviyani Atoll Education Centre, as shown on its official website, is vertically divided green-light blue (~3:7) with a white emblem in the blue stripe.
Ivan Sache & Valentin Poposki, 1 April 2007