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The European Union launches programme to reduce poverty in Uva and Central Provinces

November 29th, 2017

The European Union launched one of the largest programmes of development support in the country. The European Union will contribute Rs. 5.4 billion in to reduce poverty in the provinces by improving the income of poor people living in rural areas and helping to ensure that they have enough food to eat, even in times of hardship. Speaking […]

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Celebrating partnerships – An exhibition on five years of collaboration under the EU-Support to District Development Programme

October 17th, 2017

An exhibition celebrating partnerships built over the course of five years opened in Mannar and Vavuniya on 10 October and 12 October respectively.  The event is part of the European Union’s Support to District Development Programme (EU-SDDP), which helps the poorest communities in Sri Lanka by providing basic infrastructure and services that benefit the local […]

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The Government of Sri Lanka, European Union, United Nations and IFC jointly inaugurate the exhibition ‘Celebrating Partnerships’

October 17th, 2017

The roaming exhibition which was showcased in the Northern Province has now reached the districts of Ampara and Batticaloa. Inaugurated on 17 October in Ampara and 19 October in Battlicaloa, the pictures show a series of development work that has been done to address the needs of the population. This exhibition is part of the […]

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EU and FAO improves the capacity of local service providers to better serve the rural fisher and farmer communities in the North

September 20th, 2017

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in partnership with the European Union (EU) has completed renovation of the Agriculture Adaptive Research Center, and the Government Seed Production Farm located in Thandikulam in the Vavuniya district. The improvement of the two institutions will contribute immensely towards agricultural development and modernization in the […]

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EU & ILO helps develop skills among youth in Mannar

September 20th, 2017

Creating job opportunities for young people and promoting “Productive employment and decent work” are important elements in the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) mandate. As a former conflict-affected region, Mannar is now moving towards rehabilitation and sustainable development where human capacity development plays a key role in reaching the goals set by the government of Sri Lanka. As […]

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HEALTHY, SAFE AND A JOYFUL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT FOR PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN

Posted on: September 13th, 2017 by Admin No Comments

Sri Lanka, Pallewela 22 June 2015 – A beehive of delightful little girls and boys dance to traditional drums welcoming the dawn of a fresh new beginning for the small village preschool of Pallewela.

Their voices reach a joyful crescendo as they sing their favourite nursery rhymes in unison to the group of parents and teachers from their local community.
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“It’s a brand new day for all of us, especially these little ones” says Ms Muduka Lakmali, a teacher at the Lakmini Pre-school in Pallawella.

The once dilapidated and crumbling 18 year old building has been transformed to a brightly coloured, safe and open space for children to learn, grow and thrive.

“It was in a terrible state of disrepair, we were so scared for these little ones, that they might get hurt by falling debris, gaping holes in the wall and unsafe conditions of the structure” says Lakmali.

The problem was further compounded with the issue of water supply. Many parents did not want to send their children to the pre-school, as it did not have any water for drinking, washing and sanitation facilities.

“We used to spend our time between protecting children from injuries to fetching water from homes and shops in the neighborhood, rather than teach” she says.

Fresh paint, firm roof and larger cemented wall spaces were created and the most essential water supply was provided to serve the needs of 30 bubbly pre-school children. “These spaces will define their lives” says, UNICEF Education Officer, Sugath Adikaram.

Founded in 1987, the Lakmini preschool was originally set up to serve the needs of the children in the remote village of Pallewela. Located 30 kilometers from the Moneragala town, in the Uva Province of Sri Lanka, this ancient village is home to just 110 families of primarily “Chena” farmers.

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 The pre-school was identified as part of a needs assessment by UNICEF and local NGO Plan Sri Lanka. Through the European Union Support to District Development Programmes; the old pre-school building was repaired and the roof, wall, floor and pavement was restored along with an added extension of a learning space and water supply facilities.

A fresh new beginning;

Children have safe and adequate spaces to learn

Conducive space for children to interact, socialize and learn through play

Storage space for teaching & learning materials

A teachers time will now be invested in core teaching and learning functions, as opposed to fetching water.

Parents now have the confidence & peace of mind knowing that their children are learning in a safe and healthy space

More parents will be motivated to send their children to preschool

The mid wife of the village has a better space to conduct her monthly health check-up for all children under 5 as well as pregnant mothers

The project is part of a Euro 60 million partnership between the European Union, UNICEF and other UN agencies to create greater access to social infrastructure and services for vulnerable communities in the disticts of Ampara, Batticaloa, Mannar, Vavuniya and border villages of Puttalam, Anuradhapura and Monaragala.

 

News and Events

The European Union launches programme to reduce poverty in Uva and Central Provinces

November 29th, 2017

The European Union launched one of the largest programmes of development support in the country. The European Union will contribute Rs. 5.4 billion in to reduce poverty in the provinces by improving the income of poor people living in rural areas and helping to ensure that they have enough food to eat, even in times of hardship. Speaking […]

Read More

Celebrating partnerships – An exhibition on five years of collaboration under the EU-Support to District Development Programme

October 17th, 2017

An exhibition celebrating partnerships built over the course of five years opened in Mannar and Vavuniya on 10 October and 12 October respectively.  The event is part of the European Union’s Support to District Development Programme (EU-SDDP), which helps the poorest communities in Sri Lanka by providing basic infrastructure and services that benefit the local […]

Read More

The Government of Sri Lanka, European Union, United Nations and IFC jointly inaugurate the exhibition ‘Celebrating Partnerships’

October 17th, 2017

The roaming exhibition which was showcased in the Northern Province has now reached the districts of Ampara and Batticaloa. Inaugurated on 17 October in Ampara and 19 October in Battlicaloa, the pictures show a series of development work that has been done to address the needs of the population. This exhibition is part of the […]

Read More

EU and FAO improves the capacity of local service providers to better serve the rural fisher and farmer communities in the North

September 20th, 2017

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in partnership with the European Union (EU) has completed renovation of the Agriculture Adaptive Research Center, and the Government Seed Production Farm located in Thandikulam in the Vavuniya district. The improvement of the two institutions will contribute immensely towards agricultural development and modernization in the […]

Read More

EU & ILO helps develop skills among youth in Mannar

September 20th, 2017

Creating job opportunities for young people and promoting “Productive employment and decent work” are important elements in the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) mandate. As a former conflict-affected region, Mannar is now moving towards rehabilitation and sustainable development where human capacity development plays a key role in reaching the goals set by the government of Sri Lanka. As […]

Read More