Improving Future Prospects
Sri Lanka is a lower-middle income island nation located in South Asia with a population of 20.8 million. Despite setbacks such as a civil conflict ending in May 2009 and the 2004 tsunami which destroyed a number of schools, Sri Lanka has taken significant steps in poverty reduction and improving education, today boasting one of the highest literacy rates in Asia, however, many of the most marginalised children remain excluded and this is where we can assist.
Our partners teaching programme aims to provide sustainable educational support within disadvantaged schools and communities to reduce inequality in education. We aim to empower underprivileged students by improving their future prospects and equipping them with the skills needed to actively engage in a multi-national community.
We have partnered with schools and centres in disadvantaged communities where most parents struggle to find regular work; or if they do, they work extremely long hours and earn a very low wage.
Together we aim to:
1. Improve English
Since the civil war ended in 2009, tourism in Sri Lanka has been increasing and has now become one of the main sources of employment. Volunteers, in particular native speakers, can offer invaluable help in improving the students’ and also the teachers’ phonetics, pronunciation and grammar.
2. Improve classroom support
The high number of students in each class make it very difficult for the slower learners to keep up, a fact that leads in later years to school drop-outs. We aim to support those in difficulty by organising remedial classes for slower learners, and encouraging students in their work.
3. Improve support for those with learning disabilities
People with disabilities are often marginalised in Sri Lanka. We partner with two organisations who provide education, care and support for these children and by engaging the children and introducing creative games, our volunteers can work with the full-time staff to improve the children’s education and, consequently, their quality of life.
4. Improve the cleanliness of the learning environment
We work with schools and centres to improve the cleanliness of their environment and lead health and hygiene workshops, to promote healthy lifestyles and combat the spread of disease.