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Sri Lanka

Hope and Despair of Education

Many Westerners dream of visiting Sri Lanka. They imagine it to be an amazing place to see and experience. Middle Easterners and Singaporeans, on the other hand, have often a different view due to the high numbers of Sri Lankan "cheap" workers who struggle to make a living in their home countries.

 

We can observe this pattern in many other countries of the world: financially rich and culturally poor mistreating financially poor and culturally rich people.

 

We may ask ourselves why these culturally rich countries are sometimes so economically under-developed. The answers are many: corrupted governments, poor educational system, the absence of natural resources, natural disasters, the level of public and foreign debt, etc.

 

I think in the case of Sri Lanka the answer might be among other its educational system.

 

After completing a page of Comics Around the World there, I did a quick interview with the teacher who assisted me. My question was: “What do you wish for your students?”

 

She replied: “I hope they will keep attending the school until they get graduated. Then, I wish to see them move to a wealthier country to help their family.”

 

Standing in the middle of the schoolyard, I pictured myself listening to my teachers who would constantly repeat to me that that the only solution to succeed is outside my own country. How would I react to the belief of my mentors that our home is a land of no hope?

February 2014

Moments

Did you know...

1. Sri Lanka is known as both the ‘pearl of the Indian Ocean’ and the ‘teardrop of India’ due to its shape.

2. In Sri Lanka, when someone shakes their head from side to side with a slight wiggle, it actually means “yes.”

3. Although cricket is the most popular sport in Sri Lanka, the national sport of the country is, in fact, volleyball.

4. Sri Lanka is one of the world’s largest tea exporters.

5. Adam’s Peak is the most sacred mountain in the country. Pilgrims from all over climb to its peak by candlelight to stand in what they believe to be the footsteps of Buddha.

6. Because the country has lots of waterfalls, most of Sri Lanka’s electricity is powered by hydro-powered energy.

7. The spice cinnamon originated in Sri Lanka and was discovered by the Egyptians.

8. There are eleven universities in Sri Lanka.

9. 92% of people living in the country are literate which means that they boast the highest literacy rate in the whole of South Asia.

10. Sri Lanka’s national flag is said to be one of the oldest flags in the world.

The best tea
Mr. Colombo
Sculptures on the roach
Ella mountains
With my mate Caroline from Belgium
Buddha time!