We arrived at Batticaloa on the 2nd of November, in the night and were hosted at Sarvodaya Campsite. We were all exhausted and in need of a good night’s sleep, and so retired to bed immediately.
The next day, we divided into two groups, one heading to North of Batticaloa and the other to the South. The team that headed north visited Vakarai Maha Vidyalayam, Palchenai Madhya Maha Vidyalayam and Kathiraveli Kannaki MahaVidyalayam while the team that head south visited Al-Hira Mahavidyalayam and Eruvil Kannakipuram Maha Vidyalayam. This enable us to cover many school within a limited time period.
Later in the day, a workshop was planned at Marken Marker school, but due to some misunderstanding with the Zonal Director the workshop was called off. However, we had a smaller workshop at Sarvodaya Campsite for the students who had come from the south of Batticaloa for the workshop.
Two aspects of Batticaloa that amazed us were the scenic beauty of the district and also the level of development in the region, in terms of its roads and some of the schools. We departed the next day, sure that we had left our mark in this district which had been one of the hardest to get through to.