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Outdoor Classrooms at Sithi Vinayagar

During the course of 2005, a total of 135 children gathered for classes under trees at the Sithi Vinayagar Hindhu College which is situated in the Uppukulam area in the Mannar district on the west coast of Sri Lanka. A number of new students have entered the school following their relocation from Tsunami affected areas. They have been provided with uniforms and allowed to join the school so they can resume a level of normalcy. They have to study under trees on the ground, with most teachers using concrete slabs as chairs. This is not ideal in the equatorial heat but will not be possible during the monsoon season in late 2005. LifeCycle undertook a programme to build 7 large classrooms within two building, one indoor and one outdoor. The outdoor building is 80 feet in length by a width of 20 feet. 4 classes reside within the structure and host 160 students. Up to 9 staff taking classes in this building but also teach in other classrooms within the school.

The school is oversubscribed by 190 children from displaced families due to Tsumani disaster and ethnic conflict.

Fast facts

Country Details
Project Location
Sri Lanka
Capital: Colombo
Population: 21.5 million
Below the Poverty Line: 8.9%
Children in Education: 1.7 million
Adult Literacy: 91.2%
Unemployment:  21.3%

Project Details
: 2006
Focus: Children
Impact: 160 children per year

Donation Ratio:

Partners: Azafady