Open School Unit

What we do

The Open School Unit is yet another initiative of NIE to fulfil the no child left behind policy. The aim is to provide access to educational opportunities and to reduce inequality and disparities among children and youth. This unit caters to those who have missed out on their formal education for various reasons and to those who have failed to obtain a recognized basic credential, necessary to further their tertiary education. The educational process of the Open School Unit reaches out to school dropouts, and marginalized and disadvantaged learners, reaching them through open, distance, and other innovative learning methods such as multi-channel educational programs.


  • Identify various types of target groups who are missed formal education.
  • Determine the various educational needs of out-of-school children, dropouts, and marginalized and disadvantaged learners who have missed formal education.
  • Provide access to educational opportunities to reduce inequality and disparities among children and youth.
  • Preparation of curricula and materials tailored to different learner needs.
  • Strengthen the capacity of tutors who are involved in the regional study centres of open school courses.
  • Make the community aware of the Open School programme.
  • Coordinate with similar local and international institutes and international organizations.


  • The learners are capable of acquiring skills and academic knowledge to succeed in the world of work.
  • Create new opportunities and demand for the Open School programme due to the dynamic and ever-changing environment.
  • Increase demand for vocational orientation among the learners who followed the vocational education programmes.
  • Work towards achieving goals 4 and 5 of the SDG 2030.
  • Promote skills related to entrepreneurship and reduce the unemployment rate to increase the contribution of national development in the country.
  • Number of enrolled participants of this unit and successfully acquired qualifications
  • Institutions participating in these programs ie. prison and corrective institutions

Academic Staff

Mr. R.M.S.I. Wijebandara
Assistant Lecturer

Non Academic Staff

Mrs. G.L.W.D. Kulathunga

Office Aide - III

Unit Head’s Message

Open School in Sri Lanka was established as a Department of the National Institute of Education in 2005 as an alternative path to provide education for those who were unable to complete their formal education due to a variety of reasons such as poverty, social cultural factors, and disability related factors

The overall objective of National Institute of Education with regard to the Open School is:

To provide opportunities for Open Learning for youth who are not attending mainstream schooling to prepare them for the world of work and develop life skills.

Mr. S. Dunaisingh

Unit Head , Open School Unit

Open School Unit