Aussie support for education
The Australian government announced its support to improve the
quality of education for over four million schoolchildren, an Australian
High Commission release said yesterday.
"This programme will benefit over four million schoolchildren,
250,000 teachers and 3,500 education managers and administrators across
the country," Australia's High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Robyn Mudie
Key activities will include improving school infrastructure in needy
schools, revising the curriculum and professional development for
teachers. The programme will also help strengthen school management and
monitoring and evaluation.
"A 'child-friendly school' approach will be used to improve learning
achievements and increase attendance and retention in rural schools,"
Australia's grant funding of Rs 4.6 billion over four years will
complement US $ 100 million in concessional credit provided by the World
Bank. The programme supports the government's Education Sector
Development Framework and Programme as well as the Mahinda Chintana.
Australia's support will help Sri Lanka achieve the Millennium
Development Goals, including universal primary education and promoting
Australia's contribution will help more students to access quality
education as well as reducing regional imbalances, and promoting social
cohesion and inclusive education.
The four year programme is supported by funding from the World Bank
and will be implemented by the Sri Lankan government.