Street Child is working for education in Sri Lanka

We are happy to communicate to you that we are actively working in Sri LanKa to provide children with a more sustainable future trough education.

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Sri Lanka experienced a 26-year civil war and whilst the country has undergone significant progress in the past decade there are still regions where there is a lack of quality education. Schools are not properly equipped and teachers are not trained. On the one hand, the civil war had devastating consequences: many children lost their parents and others suffer from trauma-related stress leading to high-dropout rates and a prevalence of child labour. On the other hand, natural disasters and annual monsoons further disrupt the education system. In May 2018, Sri Lanka’s southwest monsoon triggered flooding and landslides, displacing  20,000 families. The urgency of the situtation affected the educational system in the country and many children were not able to study.

In June 2017, after conversations with Government departments, international agencies and local charities, Street Child established a presence in Sri Lanka. We are based in Batticaloa in the Eastern Province, the country’s most socio-economically deprived region. We are running a series of pilot projects to support education, child protection and disaster-risk resilience, which we will then scale to support as many children as possible.

In February 2018, in partnership with local education authorities, Street Child of Sri Lanka began a six-month teacher training programme aimed at improving curriculum knowledge and teaching techniques for 90 primary and secondary school English teachers through interactive training sessions and in-classroom coaching. We are now working to identify ‘lead teachers’ who will be trained to provide on-going mentoring and support for English teachers.

Anne Beuken