NEW YORK, 4 November 2014 – Sri Lanka’s universal primary education policies of the past 70 years have been a great success – for most children.
Nearly 98 per cent of children complete a primary school education and the country boasts a 92.3 per cent literacy rate.
But what about the 2 per cent not in school? Many of the children left behind come from the poorest of poor families. In some areas, generational cycles of school exclusion have been perpetuated by the civil war that ended in 2009.
Speaking at the press briefing held yesterday (05th Nov) Director/Spokesperson MoD Media Centre Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya stated that, search and rescue operations and post disaster recovery process in Koslandawatta-Meeriyabedda of Haldummulla Divisional Secretariat is running in full-swing with the assistance of Armed Forces.
To meet the urgent needs of victims of the recent landslides in Koslanda, the United States Government has provided 6.5 million Sri Lankan Rupees ($50,000) for emergency humanitarian assistance. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is working closely with Sri Lanka’s National Disaster Relief Services Center and international aid partners to coordinate the donation of most urgently-needed items.
Ten schools within the Bandarawela Education Zone will be kept closed until Monday (Nov.3) following the adverse weather conditions. Bandarawela Zonal Director Ariyadasa Ratnayake said that among the schools are those which are sheltering the displaced families.
The Ministry of Education, with assistance from the Republic of Korea, recently renovated 13 schools in the Kilinochchi District.
Situated in a district that was once home to the headquarters of the terrorist organisation known as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), these schools had been in a dilapidated condition due to the near-30-year conflict.
Investing in youth pays dividends, evidence from Sri Lanka shows
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Young people hold the keys to the future; unlocking their potential will lead to a better world for everyone. These facts are supported by mounting evidence from Sri Lanka, where UNFPA has worked with policymakers and other partners to support and empower youth.
by Lina Koch, 2014/05/05
Nearly a decade of effective and elaborate help comes to its successful end: humedica closes the sponsorship program Sri Lanka and, once again, lets numerous families go into their newly acquired independence. Join us in a review of the past years, learn about the beginnings, about the different kinds of help that have been realized and why the sponsorship program can now be closed under the best premises.
How everything started – the answer to the catastrophe
I. NARRATIVE SUMMARY
DETAILS OF THE EMERGENCY
Communities and local authorities in Mullaitivu District, Northern Sri Lanka, were trained to develop Grassroots Development Plans through an inclusive and participatory process, with the support of the EU. Each plan served as a roadmap to identify the resources, constraints and root problems faced by communities, and outlined a clear action to address these issues.
AMDA conducted a mobile Dental camp and Hygiene education in the outskirts of Badulla district in April. The mission was conducted at Polgahaarawa School in Arawa a remote hill area of Sri Lanka and where students and teachers have to walk about 3km to access any road transportation. Most of the people in this region are crop-farmers and cattle grazers in the mountain and live under the lower income bracket.
Thousands of children in the North and East have benefitted from the programmes intended to uplift the educational sector of the former theatre of conflict. Under the educational scholarship programme for schoolchildren the Sri Lanka Army has awarded millions of rupees worth scholarships to the resettled children so far.
By Amantha Perera
COLOMBO, Feb 12 2014 (IPS) - Sri Lanka’s war-battered Northern Province had reason to celebrate when the results of a countrywide exam were announced last December. Of the 16,604 students from the province who sat for the exam, 63.8 percent secured the required marks for entry into prestigious national universities.
It was a spectacular performance for a region wrecked by three decades of sectarian conflict that ended in May 2009 with a military offensive. The region has endured a tedious reconstruction effort since then.
COLOMBO, 7 February 2014 (IRIN) - Sri Lankan authorities have expressed concern over an increasing number of reports that children are dropping out of school in the conflict-affected north, where economic pressure and poor prospects are creating conditions that could have negative consequences for the future development of the region.
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COLOMBO/KATHMANDU, 28 October 2013 (IRIN) - Nearly one million schoolchildren - about a third of the school-age population in Sri Lanka - do not have safe sanitation, despite the island’s overall sanitation coverage reaching near 89 percent of the population.
COLOMBO – Nearly 170 schools in Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu in Northern Sri Lanka have received new kitchen utensils, bowls and spoons from the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) to supplement the school meals programmes implemented by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The grant of Sri Lankan Rupees 2.4 million (US$ 18,200) is part of GIZ’s efforts to help reintegrate internally displaced people in the Vanni Region, and will benefit more than 32,000 children.
Period covered by this Ops Update: 1 December 2012 to 31 May 2013
Appeal target (current): CHF 23.3 million.
Appeal coverage: 45 per cent based on current revised appeal budget.
Emergency Appeal: This was initially launched on 12 April 2010 for CHF 3.6 million as a preliminary basis to support 5,000 families of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sri Lanka for 24 months.