The rhythmic chant of lessons can be heard from children of varying ages at these newly-re-established schools in a remote part of Eastern Sri Lanka.
Children are struggling with the basics of reading and writing because their education has been disrupted by the ongoing conflict in the region, where fighting has raged for 25 years. Destruction is everywhere, worsened by the havoc wreaked by the tsunami five years ago, affecting children in numerous ways.
But education is invaluable in the children’s recovery from the war. Utilizing child-friendly school principles, teachers help care for the children’s health and emotional well-being in addition to teaching lessons. This provides each child with a new opportunity to learn and grow.