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FUTA STORY: Open a school door, close a prison !!

FUTA STORY: Open a school door, close a prison !!

VIVIMARIE VANDERPOORTEN Open a School Door, Close a Prison

This is a photoessay of the Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA) – Trade Union Action 2012, Sri Lanka. The wonderful soundtrack with multilingual lyrics was specially composed for FUTA’s campaign by Faculty of Music, University of the Visual & Performing Arts, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

FUTA’s campaign to save state education and de-politicize and de-militarize higher education. On strike since 4th July 2012.

Photographs: (mainly) Kalpa Rajapaksha. Also photographs by Madhava Meegaskumbura, Sithumini Ratnamalala, and various other photographers – Students and Academic staff members.


  1. Nathan Sooriyakumar says:

    FUTA’s request of 6% GDP on education is a legitimate one. Majority of the Sri Lankan born academics and professionals around the globe are the product of the state education. The war is over . The fund can be diverted wisely to the Education. What we need is to find the right people to manage the allocated funds which will eliminate corruption. We can find people with greater accountability in FUTA. I am supporting the FUTA because I am thankful for the state education I received in Sri Lanka . I am voicing out because I am concerned for the children who cannot afford private education in Sri Lanka. Every child deserves an education.

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