Health Faculty of Deakin University – Australia in collaboration with Aspirations Education Foundation organized a Study Tour to Ampara from 20th to 22nd of November 2016.
Three Academic staff and twenty students from Health Faculty of Deakin University from Psychlogy, Nursing, Nutrition and Exercise & sport science programs implemented several health initiatives in Ampara under the
Pre- school development in rural areas are in a very poor state.AEF is having a programme to support pre-schools with small scaleinfrastructure development and improvement of quality pre- school education in Ampara and Kegalle Districts
Child Play area is a compulsory requirement in Primary Education.
But in many of the schools, the proper child play items are not in place.
AEF has supported 10 schools in Ampara, Trincomalee and Kegalle districts
with required numbers of quality child play items such as Mat Slides,
Swings, See-Saws , Pyramids and Merry Go Rounds
Dearth of teachers to teach compulsory subjects in rural schools is a severe problem.
Therefore AEF is supporting the recruitment of 10 teachers to teach English, Tamil,
Sinhala & Mathematics and Library Assistants to manage Libraries. These teachers are engaged in primary and secondary schools in Ampara, Kilinochchi, Kurunegala Mannar , Monaragala and Mullaitivu Districts.
Lack of First Aid knowledge is a severe problem in rural schools.
To bridge this gap in this area, AEF conducts First Aid training
Programmes for Teachers and Students. AEF has already trained 35
Teachers from 20 Schools in Ampara district with the assistance of St.
John Ambulance, Colombo.
AEF introduced concepts of Reading Habit Development in Primary schools,
to 40 Primary Teachers in 20 remote Schools in the Ampara District of Eastern Province, by conducting a 2 day workshop. As a further extension to the project, a Unique Programme of training and inculcating the value of being with the Children and getting them interested in reading in a friendly and effortless manner was conducted for young mothers in the remote Villages of Ritigaharawa, Rideemaliyadda in Badulla District and Okkampitiya in Mon
There are hardly any facilities for sports development in rural schools. To assist the
schools in this field, we have conducted coaching camps, and distributed sports equipment in Ampara, Monaragala and Trincomalee districts. We have also provided uniforms for Cricket, Netball and Athletic teams, for schools in Ampara and Badulla Districts.
IT education needs much attention and support in rural schools.
In order to develop this area, we have distributed computers for 10 schools in Ampara, Monaragala and Kegalle Districts.
We have also supported schools in IT curriculum development and conducted suitable training courses for respective grades.
This was introduced as an income generation activity for rural schools.
3000 plants of a special variety of Mangoes of high quality and value has been cultivated in 30 schools and 6 Temple gardens. AEF provides technical assistance, fertilizer, seeds and water facilities. We expect to reap first harvest in 2017.
In addition Papaya, Guava, Passion Fruits and Pineapple Plants have been grown in 10 Schools.