Sri Lanka

After the end of the civil war in 2009, reconciliation and democratization processes began in Sri Lanka, promoting political, economic and social development. In early 2022, however, the country plunged into an economic and financial crisis. Essential goods for daily use were no longer available, and there were power outages lasting thirteen hours a day in some cases. The crisis triggered mass protests, and the situation in the country has been very tense ever since. 

Compared to other countries in South Asia, Sri Lanka’s official education indicators are relatively good. Officially, the literacy rate is 91.7%. For people over 25, 80% have spent at least a few years in secondary school.

Adult education takes place primarily in the non-formal sector. It is provided mainly through Community Learning Centres (CLC) and includes literacy and income-generating activities. Adult education is also offered through the structures of the Ministry for Skills Development. Adult education programs offered by nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) focus particularly on development issues.

Main focus of work

Lobbying: Through regular conferences and other exchange formats, the awareness of relevant actors from the state, civil society and academia of the importance of ALE is to be raised.

Professionalisation: At the national level, master trainers from different sectors such as university, vocational and adult education are being trained. In one pilot region, UVA Province, adult education coordinators are trained in the design and management of adult education activities.

Qualification: Income-generating activities will be offered in two pilot regions, UVA and Eastern Province. The selected Community Learning Centres will be equipped with the necessary infrastructure. The target groups are disadvantaged population groups, with special emphasis on women and minorities.


The most important partners for DVV International are the ministries and authorities responsible for adult education as well as the NGO network Coalition for Education and Development and the Sarvodaya Institute of HigherLearning.

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