Investment in pre-school years
While Sri Lanka’s investment in education has resulted in high rates of enrolment and literacy, education for the poorest is scarce and of poor quality. Students frequently drop out of school and suffer from low levels of academic achievement.
To reverse this trend there is now a concerted effort to assist the children in their pre-school years, giving them a good foundation to spring board off, which is where we can assist.
Through working with various organisations in the towns of Negombo and Panadura, just outside Colombo we can provide sustainable educational support, care and protection to disadvantaged children to enhance their physical, social, emotional and cognitive development.
Together we will help to:
1. Increase literacy
Our community centres are located in disadvantaged communities with real need. Our volunteers assist by providing one-on-one lessons for those identified as slow readers and creating visual learning aids.
2. Improve English
Since the civil war ended in 2009, tourism in Sri Lanka has increased. Knowledge of basic English can substantially improve employment prospects. We hold reading clubs, as well as creating effective learning aids to improve the level of spoken English.
3. Promote early childhood development
Early childhood is the period from birth to eight years of age. It is critical to a child’s cognitive, social, emotional and physical development. Together with staff at our community centres and partner organisations, our volunteers help by providing creative activities, implementing behavioural charts and recording systems.
4. Increase emotional support and care to children
Many of the children grow up without one or both of their parents and are often left at home or in institutions with little stimulation. In partnership with the staff at these organisations and our community centres, volunteers ensure that the children are looked after in a safe environment.
5. Improve the quality of life for those living with disabilities
We partner with two organisations in towns south of Colombo that provide care and support for children with learning disabilities. The children that live here are either orphaned or their families are unable to care for them. By engaging the children and introducing creative games, our volunteers can work with the full-time staff to improve the children’s quality of life.