Sri Lanka is an island country in South Asia with approximately 21.7 million inhabitants. The population is primarily concentrated in the southwest, in urban centers along the eastern coast and on the Jaffna Peninsula in the north with approximately 750,000 inhabitants living in the capital of Colombo and 115,000 living in Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte, the legislative capital.
Education plays an important role in the life and culture of Sri Lanka. As of 2017, there were 10,194 government schools in Sri Lanka serving over four million students. Schooling is compulsory for children from five to fourteen years of age. The constitution of Sri Lanka states that education is a fundamental right, therefore it is state funded and offered free of charge at all levels, including university. Free text books and uniforms are provided to school children as well.
What makes Sri Lanka a beautiful country is its blend of diverse cultural richness that is prominently derived from the various religions, ethnic groups, links to both India and Southeast Asia and the past colonization by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. Below are some of the major cultural highlights from Sri Lanka.
Education is one of the most basic building blocks for growth. Therefore, educating teachers provides promise for generations of students to come. With this theory in mind, CONTESSA aims to establish a teacher education program that will ultimately equip current and future teachers in Sri Lanka with the tools and skills needed to engage, empower and educate their students.