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The UNICEF tsunami relief study – The Views of Affected Children - indicated that more than two-thirds of children feel that their situation has improved and that they are better off now compared to the weeks immediately following the tsunami. The children however identified several key needs, most often mentioning support to stay in school. In Sri Lanka, 88 per cent of the children participating in the study said they would like to see more support for education.

Key UNICEF Actions

School supplies were provided to 240,000 children through UNICEF School in a Box Kits and other school supplies.

Textbooks were printed for 160,000 children.

A total of 104 schools were repaired, and 170 schools were cleaned and white-washed.

48,000 desks and 52,000 chairs were provided to schools.

81,000 children were reached with recreational supplies.

Material for 227,000 school uniforms was provided. Key results

Schools re-opened and 85 per cent of children were back into a learning environment within a few months following the tsunami. As of end of December 2005, the figure had increased to 95 per cent.

Child Friendly School guidelines [LINK?] developed with the support from UNICEF have been adopted by the Government for rehabilitation and reconstruction of schools. On-going activities quality of education through child-friendly schools is on-going.

UNICEF is currently supporting the construction and repair of 26 permanent schools. These schools, including both primary and secondary schools, will benefit approximately 11, 500 children.

UNICEF continues to support teacher training for Catch-Up Education.

Advocacy to ensure optimal teacher training and efforts to improve



For every child
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