Children Scholarship Project ‘Inspire our Future’ Scholarships Programme
By Sylvia Lanka Foundation
Although Sri Lanka is one of the fastest developing countries in Asia, poverty remains the same. Our goal at SLF is to help vulnerable children grow as individuals and give them the necessities to achieve their highest potential. A vast majority of children sponsored by SLF come from disadvantaged families where food is scarce, and parents are unable to afford their education. Presently, SLF sponsors the educational needs of 21 children. As a result, we can proudly state that they have all shown massive progression since their enrolment into SLF. Our scholarship program aims to bring out the highest potential in enrolled students and create accomplished young adults entering society. Unlike the benefits children receive around the world, the Sri Lankan government doesn’t provide educational grants or bursaries for early education or higher studies. Therefore, SLF aims to provide scholarships to underprivileged kids from primary school until GCSEs. Please see attached for more details.
People: Social Impact
Number of Lives Impacted:
4-11, 12-17, 18-25
Urban, Suburban, Rural
Planet: Environmental Impact
Topic and Activity Grid
Education & Training
Food and Hunger
Children & Youth
Research & Development
Project Outcome Indicators
Over a year, we have been tracking the progress to ensure all the children are improving continuously. Over 70% of children under the SLF scholarship are achieving high grades, proving the scholarship programme's potential and its ability to generate well-educated people entering society.
— A safer world with better leadership
Many studies show that people who have received an education are less likely to resort to violence. Many manipulate with intelligent arguments causing people to commit atrocities in the name of freedom. Education is the most potent weapon, bar love, to change the world.
— Education Helps in Creation of a better society
The primary purpose of education is to train people within society, prepare and qualify them for work in the economy, and integrate people into society and teach them the values and morals of society. The role of education is a means of individuals and to keep community smoothing and remain stable.
— How can education improve your life
Maintaining mental sharpness is beneficial to your overall health. With a good education, you could also become well-informed about healthy living, making you more likely to live longer. An education also exposes you to new people and experiences which can have a positive impact on your life
OUR GRANTS Up to GCSE - Grants of £15 p/m + £50 worth of Uniforms, shoes, Educational materials for the year. Up to GCSE A/L - Grants of gets £25 p/m + £ 75 worth of Uniforms, Shoes, Educational Materials for the whole year. University students – Grants of £ 50 per month. We currently have sufficient funds for the present scholarship. Our new programme is set to begin on 1st April 2021 with a total budget of £6,765 in which £2,560 has been raised so far remaining a total of £4205 to raise to sponsor these children. Project Location Sri Lanka - Kandy, Katugastota, Badulla, Nugegoda, Ampara As a small-scale charity, we usually, grant from our memberships and the occasional donations we receive. Due to COVID19 It has been extremely difficult to raise funds. Pre-Covid19, we managed to reach out to our community to collect funds however it is not possible to continue with this program as we have not been receiving funds recently. Therefore, funding is needed to continue this project further.
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Goal 1: No Poverty
This goal focuses on the poor and vulnerable, and aims to: reduce the population living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions, build a policy environment that is supportive of the poor and vulnerable, ensure that the poor and vulnerable have equal rights to economic resources and basic services, land & property, and reduce their exposure to the risks of economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters.
Goal 2: Zero Hunger
This goal focuses on all areas of food access, nutrition, agricultural productivity, sustainable production and consumption systems, and fostering a resilient ecosystem to shocks and disasters by promoting the diversity of crops. In addition it promotes investment in rural infrastructure, makes a commitment to addressing trade issues, and to oversee a functioning food commodity market.
Goal 3: Good Health And Wellbeing
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Goal 4: Quality Education
This goal seeks parity in access to education. There is specific focus on areas of early years development, and throughout the educational landscape, from literacy and numeracy to technical and tertiary education. There is a specific mention of upgrading educational infrastructure to be fully inclusive in terms of gender, disability and culture, offering bursaries and scholarships to address imbalances, and also to ensure high quality training and supply of educators.
Goal 5: Gender Equality
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Goal 6: Clean Water And Sanitation
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Goal 7: Affordable And Clean Energy
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Goal 8: Decent Work And Economic Growth
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Goal 9: Industry Innovation And Infrastructure
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Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
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Goal 11: Sustainable Cities And Communities
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Goal 12: Responsible Consumption And Production
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Goal 13: Climate Action
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Goal 14: Life Below Water
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Goal 15: Life On Land
This goal encompasses all elements of the protection, restoration and sustainable use of our terrestrial ecosystems. This includes a commitment to protecting forests, creating a coherent plan against soil degradation, desertification, and the destruction of habitats of flora and fauna, all of which are critical to biodiversity and sustainable development. This is to be encouraged at a policy level, with a commitment to mobilise resources (financial and non-financial) to enable this conservation.
Goal 16: Peace, Justice And Strong Institutions
This goal focuses on the promotion, development, and maintenance of strong institutions to ensure peace, justice, and inclusion in society. This is detailed as promoting transparency, reducing crime in all forms including terrorism, violent and financial crimes, ensuring every individual is provided a legal identity and has equal and fair access to these institutions.
Goal 17: Partnerships For The Goals
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An end to poverty and hunger in all their forms and dimensions. A world where all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality, and in a healthy environment.
Protecting the planet from degradation, creating cycles of sustainable consumption and production, management of natural resources and taking action on climate change. This is all to ensure the planet can support the needs of present and future generations.
Fostering peaceful, just, and inclusive societies that are free from fear and violence. This is a necessary state for sustainable development.
Ensuring that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives, and that technological, social and economic progress occurs in harmony with nature.
To mobilise the means required to achieve the other four impact themes, through including the participation of all countries, stakeholders and people.