This was a comment I made on a post in an online news paper. Probably caters to less than 5% of Sri Lanka.
In the village I live (North West Province of SL), the young Muslim male children spend two hours after school at the Mosque learning Arabic and the Koran. Apparently funded by the Mid East.
No Science, Math or English. They can barely speak Sinhalese.
I dread to think what opportunities these children will have when they are adults.
A century or more ago, the English/American Christian Missionary Schools were similar. Missionary Schools pushed Christianity, while at the same time an education in Science and Math. Literature and History was limited to Europe, as an agenda.
There is one large difference between the students of the Christian Missionary Schools and the village students attending Islamic studies. That is class and economic status.
The Missionary School graduates were assured of senior administrative positions in govt or able to enter into professions such as Lawyers, Engineers, Doctors and Surveyors.
What is going to happen to the children in this Village. No science and math skills, not fluent in English or Sinhalese. What is their future?
To be done: Translate into Tamil and hand out in Village.