Sri Lanka’s investment since the 1940s in universal access to education from primary school through university has resulted in high rates of enrolment (97.2 percent) and literacy (92 percent). But while access to basic education is good, a number of elements hamper the quality of education received.
The December 2004 tsunami had a devastating impact and added further strain on children and the education sector. Thousands of children were killed and the waves levelled or damaged 182 schools, affecting an estimated 100,000 children. UNICEF's response to the tsunami
UNICEF’s Learning Years programme aims to assist Sri Lanka’s education system in achieving universal access to basic education for all children and to improving the quality of education in disadvantaged communities, primarily through its Catch-Up Education and Child Friendly Schools (CFS) initiative and programmes.