NE pre-school education development program inaugurated
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 10 December 2003, 17:58 GMT]
A seven-day residential training camp for pre-school education coordinators
of the education zones of Trincomalee and Vavuniya south began Wednesday in
Trincomalee. The training program has been organized by the North East
Pre School Education Development Council (PSEDC) and funded by the
Norwegian-Swedish agency, FORUT, and the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization in
the northeast province, TRO sources said.
|FORUT program advisor, Ms. Trine Danielsen Keilland, lighting the traditional oil lamp
The FORUT’s Program Advisor in Sri Lanka, Ms.Trine Danielsen Keilland,
inaugurated the training program at the Trincomalee agricultural training
center, which is located at the Trincomalee suburb of Anpuvallipuram,Tuesday evening.
Until now, assisted the development of pre-school education in the
northern province but it has now extended its services to the eastern
province, said Ms.Keilland.
“Under the PSED program, training for Jaffna district co-ordinators
concluded Wednesday. Training of PSED co-ordinators in the districts of
Batticaloa and Amparai would begin after the conclusion of the Trincomalee
training program," said PSEDC head, Mr.S. Ganeshalingam. The PSEDC has its
headquarters in Kilinochchi.
The NE Provincial Education Ministry official who is in charge pre-school
development unit, Ms. Jeya Thambiah, said 2,756 pre-schools are functioning in
the Northeast with 4,502 pre-school teachers. The number of pre-school students
in the region has been estimated at about 73,000.
|PSEDC head Mr.Ganeshalingam speaks
"FORUT as a development organization works towards the communities by
mobilizing people to enhance their quality of life. As an important part of
this work, we emphasize to the people to work for the development of
children," said Ms. Keilland.
She further said that the TRO was trying to sustain the pre-school
program and make it compulsory in the northeast province. “TRO has taken
up the great challenge to develop pre-schools in the region.”
Ms. Keilland continued: " I am happy that this specific program involves all three communities in the country and also the international community through the Norwegian
embassy in Colombo. They are funding this program.
|Ms. Keilland speaking.
”FORUT was established in 1982 as a Norwegian and Swedish Agency to conduct
development projects in Sri Lanka. FORUT is conducting participatory
development projects and is also involved in humanitarian relief and
rehabilitation work in co-operation with the Government of Sri Lanka,
emphasizing temperance, peace and brotherhood in its work.”
Mr. Ganeshalingam said that the PSEDC would support a move if the
educationists formulated a national policy for pre-school education
development. His organization has formulated the training program for all
three communities in the NorthEast region.
TRO's Trincomalee project officer, Mr.V.Kalaivarnan, presided. Its
Trincomalee district coordinator, Mr.K.Mathavarajah, the President of the Trincomalee district branch of the Sri Lanka Red Cross, Dr.E.G.Gnanakunalan, and
the provincial deputy director of education, Ms A.Vethanayagam.
A section of the participants.
( L-R) Ms. A.Vethanayagam, Dr.Gnanagunalan, Mr.K.Mathavaraja,Mr.Kalaivarnan, Mr.Ganeshalingam and Ms. Jeya Thambiah look on while Ms. Keilland speaks, assisted by her translator and resource personnel of the training program, Ms. Benedict.