After the Laginagala Junior College Project, the Magama Central College is the second ASERC sponsored education project teaching Biology, Maths and English.
Magama Central College is situated at a distance of 275 Km from Colombo the capital city of Sri Lanka. It is administered by the Hambantota District School Zone. Around 750 students from Magama village and other surrounding villages attend this school that was established in 1945. The nearest town is Tissamaharama about 12 Km distant. Agriculture (rice cultivation) is the primary occupation of the inhabitants
The school is located in a picturesque setting close to the sea coast and is surrounded by lush paddy fields, irrigation streams and home gardens.
To the west of the school a short distance away is the bird sanctuary Bundala National Park. Bundala is an International Ramsar Wetland that hosts a number of migrant birds including the Greater Flamingo. To the east of the school is Yala National Park, the oldest and one of the most diverse national parks in Sri Lanka. Yala’a unique landscape and its mammals that include elephant, leopard and sloth bear make it a star attraction for visitors from all over the world. The school has classes from Year 1 to Year 13 (University entrance).
The Boxing Day 2004 Tsunami devastated parts of Magama village. Three students and several parents lost their lives in the disaster while many homes were destroyed by the tide. In all, nearly 400 students and their families had to face severe hardship in the aftermath of the tsunami. Only years later are they near recovery from the calamity. Low income level is a challenge that the inhabitants face when bringing up their children.