In Sri Lanka, education strives for “a big win for everyone”


While Sri Lanka has high rates of school attendance, identifying those who remain excluded and supporting policies to give them educational opportunities is the aim of a collaboration between UNICEF and UNESCO.

NEW YORK, United States of America, 4 November 2014 – For most children, Sri Lanka’s universal primary education policies of the past 70 years have been a success. About 98 per cent of children complete primary school, and the country boasts a 92 per cent literacy rate, according to the Global Initiative on Out-of-School Children’s South Asia Regional Study.

But what about the children who are not in school? Many of them come from the poorest of poor families. In some areas, generational cycles of school exclusion have been perpetuated by the Sri Lankan civil war, which ended in 2009.

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