Why Sri Lanka?
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 significant lack of quality education. Schools aren’t properly equipped and teachers aren’t trained. Moreover, the civil war had devastating consequences on broader societal and mental health challenges: many children lost their parents and others suffer from trauma-related stress leading to high-dropout rates and a prevalence of child labour.
Natural disasters and annual monsoons further disrupt the education system. In May 2018, Sri Lanka’s southwest monsoon triggered flooding and landslides that affected over 175,000 people and displaced 20,000 families. Schools were damaged and children were unable to go to school.
What We Do.
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.
Building upon the success of the Batticaloa West project, Street Child will be expanding our teacher training model to other districts, beginning with a six-month teacher training programme working with 80 English teachers from Kanthale, Trincomalee in early 2019, providing training to more teachers and helping more children to access quality education,