Orphaned, Empowered, and Educated


In a world where education is often considered a privilege, the All Island Schools’ English Literary Association (AISELA), under the compassionate guidance of English Literature Sri Lanka (ELSL), has embarked on an inspiring journey known as the project ‘Begin’. The initiative is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of underprivileged children by providing them with quality English education. This article delves into the unique challenges faced by English education in the country and how the ‘Begin’ project addresses these issues.

The Project 'Begin'

A Glimpse into the Mission The project ‘Begin’, initiated by AISELA, is a heartfelt mission aimed at offering English language education to children residing in orphanages across the island. It recognises that quality education is not only a fundamental right but also a vital stepping stone towards a brighter future. The project stands as a testament to the belief that every child, regardless of their background, deserves the chance to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in life.

Challenges in English Education

English education in the country faces several limitations, primarily rooted in traditional teaching methodologies and the shortage of qualified teachers. The traditional rote-based learning approach often hinders students from developing essential language skills. Moreover, the scarcity of qualified teachers nationwide exacerbates this problem. As a result, even students from government and international schools find themselves ill-prepared for the global job market.

The Impact on Orphaned Children

Increasing Tuition Fees

Orphanages, in particular, face a unique set of challenges. They struggle to afford the increasing tuition fees demanded by private tutors, making it even more challenging to provide quality English education to their children. These limitations exacerbate the educational disparities between orphaned children and those from more privileged backgrounds.

Inconsistent Education

Another significant challenge is the inconsistency in education provided by volunteers. While many teachers volunteer their time and expertise, it can be challenging to maintain a consistent curriculum and teaching quality. This inconsistency can hinder the progress of the students and leave gaps in their learning.

'Begin' in Action

Despite these challenges, the project ‘Begin’, conducted by the All Island Schools’ English Literary Association of ELSL, makes a remarkable impact. AISELA ensures that qualified and passionate volunteers from schools under its umbrella actively engage in delivering a comprehensive curriculum. These volunteers serve as not only teachers but also as mentors and role models for the children, fostering positive relationships and inspiring them to strive for academic excellence.

The project incorporates creative and interactive teaching methods that make learning English enjoyable for the children. Through these efforts, ‘Begin’ is working to bridge the educational gap, providing underprivileged children with valuable language skills and the confidence to pursue their dreams.

Impact and Success Stories

The project ‘Begin’ has already made a significant impact on the lives of the children it serves. Many students who have benefited from the project have gone on to achieve remarkable academic success, despite the challenges they face. They have also shown improved self-esteem and confidence, enabling them to overcome obstacles and face life’s challenges with resilience.

Furthermore, the project has helped to break down social barriers and foster a sense of community among students from different backgrounds. The friendships formed during these sessions often extend beyond the classroom, creating a supportive network that encourages personal growth and development.

How You Can Contribute

The project ‘Begin’ welcomes contributions from individuals and organisations who are passionate about the cause of providing quality English education to underprivileged children. Donations, sponsorships, and volunteering opportunities are all ways to get involved and make a meaningful impact on the lives of these young learners.


The project ‘Begin’, led by the All Island Schools’ English Literary Association of ELSL, is a shining example of how a community can come together to provide a brighter future for underprivileged children. By empowering them with English education, this project creates a path towards a world of possibilities, despite the limitations in the country’s education system. It stands as a testament to the power of education and the potential within every child, regardless of their circumstances. If you’re inspired by this noble cause, consider joining hands with AISELA and ELSL to make a positive difference in the lives of these young minds; after all, every new beginning starts with ‘Begin.’

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