Sri Lankan nursery school
06 Mar 2010
I have just returned from Sri Lanka. Although it was mainly holiday not work, I couldn't resist finding out about education there.
Amongst the places I visited was a small Montessori-style nursery school in the tea plantation area of the central highlands. This serves the very poor children of the Tamil tea-pickers. It is run as a charity with no government support. The facilities are basic but the children smartly turned-out.
Here are some pictures:
It is a one room school, with two teachers and an assistant. The children's parents pay a fairly nominal sum which just about covers the teachers' pay.
Conditions are hard on the tea plantations where the women tea-pickers earn 250 Rupees a day (about £1.50) and are expected to pick 18 kilos of leaves a day.
Education is very important to the Sri Lankans and families make big sacrifices to ensure the best chances for their children.