Raising awareness among primary school teachers in Sri Lanka on specific learning difficulties

Project: Other projectOther internal award

Project Details


It is estimated that 10% of the world population has some form of learning difficulty such as dyslexia. If identified earlier in life, the remedial actions can help young people to achieve learning goals. In the Sri Lankan context, a lot of children with learning difficulties are deprived of the opportunity to achieve educational goals as most generalist primary teachers have minimal understanding of learning difficulties. The main aim of this impact development project is to design a teacher training module to raise the awareness of generalist primary class teachers in Sri Lanka on learning difficulties, particularly dyslexia, and their consequences in the teaching-learning process.

Key findings

1. The project conducted a series of workshops in Sri Lanka. The participants were officials from the Ministry of Education, National Institute of Education, Department of Examinations, Education Publications Department and National Colleges of Education. This included policy planners, curriculum designers, textbook writers, assessment developers, Presidents of pre-service teacher training colleges, lecturers of pre-service teacher training colleges, other teacher trainers and a group of teachers working in the primary education sector in Sri Lanka. The total number of participants in the workshops was 493. The workshops raised awareness of the participants on Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs), their consequences in the learning process and inclusive teaching practices.
2. After the workshops, Department of Examinations and Education Publications Department designed their own internal guidelines on the revisions necessary for textbooks and national exams in order to make them more inclusive.
3. A teacher awareness raising module was developed - to be used in training generalist primary teachers on SpLDs.
3. Presidents and a group of lecturers covering all National Colleges of Education (pre-service teacher training providers) received training on how to train trainees using the module.
4. Ministry of Education recognised the module as a part of the curriculum of all trainees of National Colleges of Education.
5. A monitoring system is in place (by the Ministry of Education) on how the trainee training on SpLDs is carried out at National Colleges of Education based on the module.
Effective start/end date2/01/1931/12/19