In Sri Lanka, Science and Technology are Becoming Girl’s Subjects
Sri Lanka’s strong national commitment to education has shown dividends, says the ADB.
Universal primary education and literacy rates are over 95% in the country. But there is still a need to improve secondary education. The government estimates that about a third of students still leave secondary school without sufficient academic qualification or skills training to enter the labor market. So while the recent economic boom has pushed overall unemployment lower, about 18% in the 15-24 age group still can’t find work, almost five times higher than the overall rate.
Part of the government’s response is an increased focus on science and technology that emphasizes job-relevant training and the development of career path connections to further vocational training and employment. There is a strong focus on practical learning with students joining frequent lab sessions and visiting local technical colleges and vocational schools to get first-hand experience with mechanical equipment. There is a particular focus on giving girls who are interested in science and technology the opportunity to study those topics, which are traditionally dominated by boys.
The Asian Development Bank who has invested in education in Sri Lanka has produced the video.