If it's too far for very young children to walk to the nearest school, then the school must come to them. That's an approach that is working for preschool students in Sri Lanka.
One reason this program has taken root so successfully, says Sri Lankan educator Amara Amarasinghe, is because that nation's culture has traditionally valued education.
Perhaps more than the 2004 tsunami, Sri Lanka has been torn apar by a 25-year long civil war, one that was finally concluded a couple of years ago. That has created space for the new network of rural preschools to get established and flourish, says Anne-Marie Evans. And she has seen dramatic evidence of the ways that the classes are affecting the children, even in the way they play.