Shelters in schools affect education in Trincomalee
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 10 January 2007, 02:42 GMT]
Education activities of children in Trincomalee district are badly affected due 17 government schools being used as temporary shelters for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), educational sources said.
The people, who fled their homes due to the military offensive carried out by the Sri Lanka military in Muttur East area in August 2006, still live with inadequate facilities in welfare centers. They face a shortage of tents and lack of sanitary facilities. Mothers with small children face a shortage of milk powder and clean drinking water, civil society sources in Trincomalee said.
Meanwhile, the administrations in functioning schools have organized two school sessions to cope with the increased number of student population due to the influx of refugee students.
Even though the IDPs undergo many hardships in welfare centers, they are reluctant to go back to their own places due to the prevailing insecure condition in the region, civil sources said. Though many displaced Muslims from Muttur returned home recently, Tamils fear to return back to their homes.
IDPs say they will go back only if hostilities cease and normalcy returns, according social workers in the shelters.
According to UNHCR reports, 4190 IDPs from 1413 families are currently staying in 26 welfare centers in Trincomalee district. This figure excludes people who fled to the LTTE controlled Vaharai district.
The places of the welfare centers, the number of IDP families, and number of IDP members follow:Trincomalee Divisional Secretariat division
St. Joseph’s College 98 256
St. Nicolas Vidyalayam 47 170
Linganagar Konalinga Vidy. 43 113
St. Mary’s College 60 197
Palaiyuttu church 49 159
Cultural Hall 52 167
Shanmuga Hindu Ladies’ College 54 172
Hindu College-Primary Unit 34 110
Vigneswara Maha Vidyalayam 59 168Muttur Divisional Secretariat Division
Iruthayapuram church 188 562
Kanguveli village 232 802
Kiliveddy school 59 172Seruvil Divisional Secretariat Division
Thanganagar village 146 151
Thanganagar school 50 151Kinniya Divisional Secretariat Division
Eechchenthivu Vipulananda Vidy. 78 312
Alankerny Vidyalayam 120 414
Thampalakamam-Nayanmar Thidal 44 114