This project will mainly support rural students in remote schools as they face hardships to buy school essential items to go to school. These challenges are faced by parents after the pandemic and due to the current economic crisis in Sri Lanka as the prices of school essential items have increased by more than 200%. Other needs of rural schools for student meals, library books, IT requirements, musical instruments, sports goods, and water & sanitation will be supported too from this project.
The pandemic, not only replaced face-to-face instructions with hybrid and remote learning instructions but also drastically affected the economic stability and physical health of many families in rural communities. New method of learning has led to compounded difficulties in rural areas, where students struggle with internet connectivity, and also have less resources and direction from their parents. We envisage that this will contribute towards widening the disparities against urban schools.
TF will provide resources to help rural students who will be challenged to go to school due to economic hardships, and also to raise the bar. Donating essential school items will help relieve the parents of their issue to support their children with their education who would have otherwise been pushed to stop schooling. Donating other resources to rural schools will ease the pressures the authorities face to raise their standards and have the basic needs of the school met.
The project will support rural students with their education and rural schools to help meet their basic requirements. We are expecting these initiatives to help reduce the widening gap in the standards between the remote rural schools and their children against the urban schools and those children. Also, raising standards will help these students to have an all-around education to support better employment opportunities in order to reach out of poverty.