Turtle Conservation Project (TCP) of Sri Lanka | English Teaching Programme
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English Teaching Programme

The TCP is involved in carrying free English training programmes to local communities with the hope of help developing their skills and thereby improving the employment prospects of participating community members and encouraging members for employment in non- resource-dependent jobs (e.g., within the local government service) and therefore reduce community dependence on environmental exploitation. This free education is beneficial to families who cannot financially afford private English training for their children.  This community support can help build better trust and understanding between TCP and community members within the area.

Between 1994 and 1999 TCP carried out English language classes in Rekawa, employing volunteer teachers from the UK. Approximately 350 community children, adults and English teachers from Rekawa and the surrounding area attended them. The classes also helped improve the communication abilities of community members who are employed in TCP research and conservation activities in Rekawa.

TCP Volunteers give free English classes twice a week to the beach guides who run the ‘turtle watch’ programme on Rekawa beach. This helps the beach guides to communicate and educate the tourists more effectively. This increases the control that the beach guides have over the tourists and the tourists learn more from their visit than they would have done previously.