Save the Children’s work in education in Sri Lanka falls under two main categories: Basic Education and Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) - reaching nearly 8,000 students each year in classrooms across northern, western and eastern Sri Lanka as well as hundreds of pre-schoolers in Early Childhood Care and Development Centres.

Early Childhood Care and Development

The first five years are the most important time of a child’s life. Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) is therefore a priority in our programming. We focus on the early learning of children of the 3-5 year age group.

Under ECCD programme SC improves access and quality of early childhood care and development programs and facilities, so that all children can achieve a good and smooth transition into formal primary education. This includes capacity building for teachers, improving monitoring systems, revision of the ECCD curriculum, setting up and help sustain ECCD centres with the participation of communities and retention of teachers through more steady income flows are the prevailing issues SC addresses. We emphasize and encourage the inclusion of differently able children in early learning activities and also our ECCD work continues even during disasters and emergencies.

Basic Education

Under Basic Education we increase children’s access to quality basic education and promote a quality learning environment. We also particularly focus on creating access to non-school going children as well as those who have dropped of school. We work to ensure that children stay in school by promoting child-friendly school systems where children are actively involved in the school management and development activities. During displacement and humanitarian crises we place children’s education high on the agenda and support government authorities to provide education facilities for displaced children. A key factor in our education sector is to provide access for children who are disabled.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Education, an emergency response manual is being developed for schools. An Education in emergencies program has become mainstreamed within the Ministry of Education.