Education

Education has always been a significant element in societal development. The development of education facilities contributes substantially to the development in an urban area.

As a developing country it is crucial to address poverty in order to attain the development goals. Education plays a major role in poverty reduction. Presently, several global cities have been implementing the concept of smart city to improve the quality of life of the society, including in the field of education.

Good educational institutions and coverage enables a population to have decent livelihoods be they self employed or part of the workforce. Understanding how a city provides primary, secondary and tertiary eductional as well as skill development through vocational centres could provide some pointers to how well a city is doing or where it needs to develop further.

Classification of schools

Source - Sampath Pathikada Resource Profle by Homagama Divisional Secretariat Offce, 2016

Above pie chart shows the number of educational service facilities available in Homagama area. There are 1500 teacher population in the area and student population is about 30,000. The norm for teacher-student population ratio (according to the Education Department) is 1:21. The present teacher-student population ratio too in Homagama is 1:21. The dispersion of secondary and primary schools in the area can be found to cover a radius of 3 km. Of the total population of 300000 in Homagama at least 10% are in school going age. Based on the population growth estimates, the student population will also grow correspondingly. If it is assumed that 20% of the population will be student population by the year 2030, there should be around 140000 student population in this area.

Housing

An important function of Sri Lanka’s cities is to provide housing for the diversity of residents that support urban life. Sri Lankan early urban settlement legacy – histories, patterns, trends including land use and housing and the development challenges that come along with it have shaped the nature of our cities.

The share of housing as a proportion of built-up area across the different cities was considered, and numerous factors affect the figure. e.g. Anuradhapura, has restrictions on residential developments because of its cultural, historical and touristic importance, other MCs include significant social and economic land use, operating as a hub to surrounding suburbs and rural areas with large residential populations.

Housing policy challenges that are encountered by the city administrators relate to tenure systems, the supply of affordable, high quality housing, and difficulties accessing housing finance. 

Types of housing

Source - Department of Census and Statistics

According to the Sri Lanka Department of Census and Statistics – 2012 reports, the total housing units in Homagama Divisional Secretariat Division was 61,505. 59,121 of that were considered permanent housing structures, and 2,282 were considered as temporary dwellings. The 102 other residencies were considered to be under construction.

Thematic maps

 

Crematorium map of the Homagama Pradeshiya Sabha area:

The crematoriums in the Homagama Pradeshiya Sabha area are marked here. There are eight crematoriums within the pradeshiya sabha limits. The data will be marked with the appropriate names. (Data Source: Data collected by Homagama Pradeshiya Sabha Officers)

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Proper management of land, a scarce resource, can bring about many benefits. This is of great importance especially in urban areas.

 

It is timely to figure out how land is allocated and being used for what purpose in our cities today. In order to create well planned cities with a futuristic vision, having a better understanding of current land use is imperative.

 

Land use maps are categorized into 36 sub-categories under two types – built-up and non built-up. The extent of land in each of these sub categories are indicated below.

 

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Built-Up
Total
Built-Up
30 (ha)
  • Low Rise
    • 1
  • Retail
    • 1
    Office
    • 1
    Mixed Retail-Residential
    • 1
    Banks
    • 1
  • Education
    • University 1
    • Other higher edu. 1
    • School 1
    Health
    • Hospital 1
    • Dispensary 1
    Government
    • 1
  • Factory
    • 1
    Landfill
    • 1
  • Bus Terminus
    • 1
    Rail Terminus
    • 1
    Port
    • 1
    Airport
    • 1
    Parking
    • 1
    Roads
    • 1
    Rail Road
    • 1
  • Park/Square
    • 1
    Playground
    • 1
    Cemetery
    • 1
  • Religious
    • Temple/Shrine 1
    • Church 1
    • Mosque 1
    Archeologic
    • 1
    • 1
Non-Built-Up
Total
Non-Built-Up
8 (ha)
    • 1
    • 1
    • 1
    • 1
    • 1
    • 1
    • 1
    • 1

 

Proper management of land, a scarce resource, can bring about many benefits. This is of great importance especially in urban areas.

 

It is timely to figure out how land is allocated and being used for what purpose in our cities today. In order to create well planned cities with a futuristic vision, having a better understanding of current land use is imperative.

 

Land use maps are categorized into 36 sub-categories under two types – built-up and non built-up. The extent of land in each of these sub categories are indicated below.

 

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Homagama Pradeshiya Sabha ( km 2 )
Overall Growth rate 1995 - 2017 %
Urban change 1995 - 2017
TOTAL AOI 0