Sponsor a student
- By: Asoka Thenabadu
In Sri Lanka, where I went to medical school, as in other developing countries, there are many medical students who are bright but whose parents cannot afford to pay for their university education. The education system in Sri Lanka has been free since Sri Lankan independence from British rule in 1948. Despite this, students from poorer families face difficulties.
A large number of these students are from rural areas. The living expenses are high in the cities and the medical textbooks expensive. Medical school libraries are usually small with only a few copies of each textbook available, limited to overnight borrowing. During my medical school days, we studied from notes we took down during lectures and depended on the cheap editions of medical books from the English Language Book Society. These were subsidised by the British government, via the British Council, but are no longer available due to cutbacks in