After over 25 years of violence Sri Lanka’s civil war ended in 2009. Both sides - security forces and Tamil rebels - were accused of serious human rights violations and caused the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people and a death toll of over 70,000. The scars from this horrific time can still be seen today and with thousands of children who have missed out on their education or fallen behind, education remains an area of significant inequality.
In early 2018, Street Child successfully piloted a 6 month teacher training strategy aimed at improving curriculum knowledge and teaching pedagogy for English teachers in Batticaloa West Zone - an area in which 93% of students failed their English O-Levels in 2016. Building on this success we will be replicating and expanding the teacher training model across Batticaloa District and neighbouring Trincomalee District in 2019, whilst continuing efforts to support education in Batticaloa West.
Our programmes in Sri Lanka follow Street Child’s global mandate of partnering with local organisations and building their capacity. So we are working closely with our local partners to improve the quality and capacity of their organisations.
Further to our teacher training and capacity building, Street Child of Sri Lanka is carrying out research and scoping out new programmes.
How you can make an impact.
As Street Child of Sri Lanka is in the early stages of operations volunteers are playing a crucial role in the development of our programmes. Volunteers time is often spent on research and scoping out new programmes, with a particular focus on education; child-protection; disaster-risk reduction and resilience; and funding opportunities. With your help we are able to ensure that we implement sustainable and impactful programmes. As Street Child of Sri Lanka grows and develops more projects, volunteers will have the chance to be directly involved in the implementation and monitoring of projects as well as the current capacity building opportunities.
Capital City: Sri Lanka’s legislative capital is Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, which is a suburb of the commercial capital, Colombo.
Population: 21 Million +
Climate: The climate is heavily dependent on what part of the country you are in. There are two monsoon seasons which bring rain to the west and south-west coasts from May to September; and the east coast and northern region between October and February. The rest of the year is sunny and dry.
Language: Sinhala, Tamil, English
Food: Sri Lanka is renowned for its curries, dhals and hoppers just to mention a few and they do not disappoint.
Life in Sri Lanka.
Street Child of Sri Lanka is currently located in the city of Batticaloa, Eastern Province – a tranquil and diverse city situated on a lagoon. Volunteers are offered two options for accommodation (both have non-AC and AC options):
The YMCA hostel, which is situated in the same compound as Street Child’s office – offers basic rooms and easy access to the local restaurants, shops, and other amenities within Batticaloa Town. The hostel has a small cafeteria and washing machine, but no cooking facilities – although volunteers can expect to spend little more than £1 for a meal in town.
The second option is the Riviera Resort, located 2-km (a 10 minute tuk-tuk journey) from Street Child’s office. The resort is in a serene area on the edge of the lagoon and nearby to Kallady Beach, and offers a range of accommodation from basic to more comfortable options. The resort has a swimming pool and reasonably-priced restaurant that offers both Sri Lankan and Western cuisine, although there are fewer amenities such as shops and restaurants nearby.
In the evenings volunteers are able to visit the town, local parks and beaches, and visit different restaurants and bars in Batticaloa town. On the weekend volunteers tend to travel to nearby attractions such as Pasikudah beach resort, or other parts of Sri Lanka including the coastal towns of Trincomalee and Arugam Bay in Eastern Province, historic areas such as Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, and the picturesque hill country in central Sri Lanka.
Want to hear from our past volunteers? Click here to read about Janet’s Sri Lankan adventure.
Head over to Street Child’s main website to discover more about our work in Sri Lanka: