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

September 13th, 2017

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 […]

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WHEN SOMETHING BASIC CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE

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Vavuniya, Sri Lanka, 24 July 2017 – “A toilet is something very basic, but some people can not afford one on their own, because they don’t have that much money to spare,” says J. Sumanawathi, the Sri Lanka Red Cross volunteer working in the village of Mahakachchakoduya, in the Vavuniya District. SLRC is UNICEF’s local […]

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CHANGING COURSE

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Rebuilding schools by responding to multiple challenges Vavuniya, Sri Lanka, 24 July 2017 – “The children of this area had so much to deal with, their lives were affected in many ways due to the war,” says Karthi Sabaratnam, UNICEF Education Officer. “The children needed to recover as fast as they possibly could, they could […]

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CREATING OUR OWN CHANNELS FOR CLEAN DRINKING WATER

September 13th, 2017

Mannar, Sri Lanka, 24 July 2017 – “The new water system is a blessing. Our health depends on it,” says Naslia Nilan from the village of Periya Madhu in Mannar district.  Her neighbour is somewhat more pragmatic: “People struggled and fought for this, it didn’t happen overnight.” The story of the community water supply scheme, […]

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A Police Officer Can Be a Friend

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Understanding Children and Recognizing the Needs of Childhood Police Officer Shalika Silva realized how little she knew about child protection Mannar, Sri Lanka, 24 July 2017 – Shalika Madumali Silva is a young police officer from Southern Sri Lanka working in the Northern district of Mannar.  Her posting to the Women and Child Desk at […]

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

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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

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

September 13th, 2017

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 […]

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WHEN SOMETHING BASIC CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE

September 13th, 2017

Vavuniya, Sri Lanka, 24 July 2017 – “A toilet is something very basic, but some people can not afford one on their own, because they don’t have that much money to spare,” says J. Sumanawathi, the Sri Lanka Red Cross volunteer working in the village of Mahakachchakoduya, in the Vavuniya District. SLRC is UNICEF’s local […]

Read More

CHANGING COURSE

September 13th, 2017

Rebuilding schools by responding to multiple challenges Vavuniya, Sri Lanka, 24 July 2017 – “The children of this area had so much to deal with, their lives were affected in many ways due to the war,” says Karthi Sabaratnam, UNICEF Education Officer. “The children needed to recover as fast as they possibly could, they could […]

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CREATING OUR OWN CHANNELS FOR CLEAN DRINKING WATER

September 13th, 2017

Mannar, Sri Lanka, 24 July 2017 – “The new water system is a blessing. Our health depends on it,” says Naslia Nilan from the village of Periya Madhu in Mannar district.  Her neighbour is somewhat more pragmatic: “People struggled and fought for this, it didn’t happen overnight.” The story of the community water supply scheme, […]

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A Police Officer Can Be a Friend

September 13th, 2017

Understanding Children and Recognizing the Needs of Childhood Police Officer Shalika Silva realized how little she knew about child protection Mannar, Sri Lanka, 24 July 2017 – Shalika Madumali Silva is a young police officer from Southern Sri Lanka working in the Northern district of Mannar.  Her posting to the Women and Child Desk at […]

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