Educational opportunities remain limited for those with disabilities in Sri Lanka. This project funds experienced teaching and care staff at a residential school in a rural area in Sri Lanka for 80 children and young people with disabilities, many of whom have no family support.
In Sri Lanka, less than half of all school-aged children with disabilities benefit from education and those living in remote areas are most disadvantaged. As such, those with disabilities are not often able to be independent or to reach their full potential. Cotagala School provides education to children who do not have family support as well as to children whose families have been unable to find them appropriate school provision near their home.
Established for over 30 years, Cotagala School provides a comprehensive education adapted to each child's individual needs. As well as traditional school subjects, Cotagala School also strongly promotes independence and vocational training. The need for experienced teachers and carers to support those who attend the school is essential and donations made to this project contribute to the payment of salaries for 8 teachers and 6 carers.
By securing salaries for the teachers and carers that work at the school, we can ensure sustainability for the school and the activities that go on there. The 80 children and young people who attend the school will able to learn effectively developing key skills for development and independence. This will enable them to function independently and earn an income when they are adults. Secure funding will allow us to teach future generations of children in need as well.