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The high mountains of the Sri Lankan hill country produce picturesque streams and cascades in and around stepped tea plantations. Photo by Tyler Arnot, HGSE Master Candidate and SAI Winter Session Grant Awardee

Reflections on Serendipity

The Initiative for Sri Lankan Education (ISLE) presents the opening of its photo exhibit “Reflections on Serendipity. The exhibit will be on display the month of April at the Gutman Library at the Graduate School of Education.

It is said that the word serendipity originates from Serendib – an ancient Arab reference to Sri Lanka, the tear-shaped island below India.  This compilation of photos is meant to reflect upon a student-led study trek to the Hill Country of Sri Lanka this January; both on the country itself, and the challenges facing the people in their struggle for education. The trip was coordinated by students in the International Education Policy program and conducted to inform the work of  the Educate Lanka Foundation by studying the economic barriers to secondary education for the children of tea plantation workers. The exhibit opening will also include a presentation of those findings and discussion of education in Sri Lanka.

At the end of the event, the photos will auctioned off with proceeds going to benefit Educate Lanka.

All members of the Harvard community and greater Boston area are welcome to join.

The exhibit is sponsored in part by a student organization grant from the South Asia Institute

A Serendipitous Pursuit: HGSE Students Venture to Sri Lanka, an article by Kevin Karla, HGSE International Education Policy

For additional information about the students’ experience in Sri Lanka, please visit their blog: