Nestled in the Belgoda valley in the Kurunegala district is the Ketawala Kanishta Vidyalaya, where students speak fluent English, despite its remote and rural location. All this is the work of one English teacher—Wilbert Ranasinghe.
Meet the animal rescue expert of Kurunegala. He has made it his life’s mission to treat, rescue and foster injured animals, birds — and even venomous snakes.
A ban prohibiting the practice of the ancient Sri Lankan martial art Angampora has been lifted. Fighters will now be able to openly practise their art for the first time since 1817.
It’s a sunny morning when I step onto the playground that leads to the ABC School of Early Learning. The shady bungalow in Colombo 5 is painted in bright blues, greens, and oranges, and the sound of children reciting a nursery rhyme accompanies my entrance.
“In 2012, or 2013, I came to this village with my friend to look for a cricket ground. As we were walking, I saw a beautiful school — it looked like a temple ground,” said Samarakoon Mudiyanselage Chandrasena, who lives near the Gurugoda Kanishta Vidyalaya. “It was filled with trees and leaves, and it was beautiful, so I thought, ‘I’ll put my child here’. And so, I built a house near the school.”
There is a long and arduous process aspiring tattoo artists go through before committing to the ink. Apprenticeships can vary from a matter of months to years, but remain one of the few ways tattooists can learn the tools of the trade, in a country where the industry still has very little official recognition.
There is a travelling museum in town that tells stories of post-independence Sri Lanka with a different approach to history. There are plans to move it across the country over the next three years, but catch it before it leaves its current location in Moratuwa on Sunday!
Gurugoda Kanishta Vidyalaya is a rural school with a twist. Their creative approach to learning has made them an official model school in Sri Lanka. Find out the story about this school like no other in this feature video!
Metal music facilitates cathartic release as well as a sense of community for its fans. Find out what’s behind the scraps and screams, and dive into Sri Lanka’s metal scene!
It’s time to move away from charity in our approach to disability, towards guaranteeing rights and nurturing independence. Where is disability in Sri Lanka at right now—both legally and socially—and what does the future hold?
In 2014, cancer was the cause of 10% of deaths in Sri Lanka. Medical researchers and oncologists have been aware of, and battling the disease, since circa 1600 BCE, but an elusive ‘cure for cancer’ has remained frustratingly out of reach. Most treatments for the condition—especially for patients at later stages—revolve around a combination of radiation and chemotherapy.
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