Turtle Conservation Project (TCP) of Sri Lanka | Community Primary School Programme
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Community Primary School Programme

It is globally recognized that children are the foundation of the future world as they will behold responsible places in the future. Education is a vital prerequisite in the context of raising their awareness, especially on the issues pertaining to the environment. Therefore, as an incentive to develop the community skills and talents of coastal kids for their future employment instead of turtle egg gathering and selling turtle eggs & meat for their source of income, the TCP launched the educational concept of the community primary school program. At the same time, this also provides an alternative income for some community members, keeping close contact with adult coastal community members linking TCP with children’s education.  In return, they contribute in some way to the conservation of sea turtles and their habitats. (e.g., releasing the entangled sea turtles from their fishing nets.)

TCP has continuously sponsored five different community primary schools located in coastal areas of Sri Lanka, such as Rekawa, Bundala, Panadura, Kankakkuliya, and Kosgoda. TCP donated baby chairs, baby desks, toys, educational materials, and blackboards for the primary schools. Also, the TCP has employed primary teachers at some locations and encouraged them to conduct the classes with more care. In Rekawa, TCP bears the cost to provide free herbal drink cups for primary school children.