UNICEF Sri Lanka has handed over six new schools to local communities in the Eastern Province during two days of official ceremonies.
The six schools represent an investment of 420 Million Rupees and will benefit thousands of pupils and families. UNICEF Sri Lanka representative Philippe Duamelle said these schools represent hope for the communities after years of being blighted by the consequences of the 2004 tsunami and terrorism. UNICEF, in partnership with the Sri Lankan Government, is committed to ensuring every child has access to education – this means addressing the needs of the more remote communities.
The six schools form a ribbon along the East Coast in the Ampara District. They are located in Thirukkovil, Sinnamugatuvaram, Kalmunai, Sainthamaruthu, Maruthamuni and Kalmunaikudy. The school handing over ceremonies were attended by pupils, teachers, parents, government and community dignitaries and the Eastern Provincial Minister of Education.
A novel feature is that each school has been built to child-friendly specifications. This means a high quality of construction, separate toilets for boys and girls, hand-washing facilities and access for children with special needs. Furniture and learning materials have also been provided.