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Preschools to be monitored by the State

The character-moulding of the younger generation from their early stages is a bounden duty of teachers, parents as well as the Government and therefore the administration of preschools should come under the purview of the Education Ministry, Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena said, recently.

Speaking to the Junior Observer, Minister Gunawardena highlighted that the entire education of children in the country is in the hands of the Government and said that matters related to preschool child development in the country has currently been entrusted to the Child Development and Women's Empowerment Ministry.

He said relevant proposals to taking over preschool education under the Education Ministry has also been included in the new Education Act.

He also welcomed everybody, including parents, teachers and elderly citizens to forward their proposals and views to make this proposal a success. The Minister also said preschool teachers must be permanent in their posts and formulate a formal salary structure for them, considering the invaluable services they rendered towards the development of the children's knowledge.

Minister Gunawardena said that steps have also been taken to develop the children's education in the Northern District and under this programme his Ministry plans to develop both schools as well as preschools in the entire Northern District.


Participate and bring pride to Lanka:

Kanagawa Children's Art Competition

The United Nations Association of Sri Lanka invites children between 4-15 to participate at the Kanagawa International Art Competition which will be held in July 2011 in Japan for the sixteenth time.

President Kanagawa Sub-Committee, Dharmadasa Vitharana said that Sri Lankan students have won many silver, gold and even first place awards at this competition in previous years.

Students can use colours as they wish under any topic and submit their creations. Each student can submit only one creation and the size should be below 54x38 cm. The name of the artist, school and the topic, date of birth, age, gender and private address should be written on the back of the creation in block capital letters. It should be certified by the principal of the school.

All creations should be sent to the Secretary, Kanagawa Sub Committee UNA Sri Lanka, 391 Cyril Janz Mawatha, Panadura before October 15. The name of the event 16th Kanagawa Childrens Art Competition 2010/11, must be mentioned on the left hand corner of the envelope, clearly.


PUC guidelines on best safety practices

The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) in collaboration with the Education Ministry has introduced guidelines for the best safety practices programme for schoolchildren islandwide to prevent accidents due to electric shock in school, Director General Damitha Kumarasinghe told Junior Observer. According to the CPU, the awareness programmes on the use of electricity safely will be conducted by the PUC jointly with the Education Ministry for school heads, sectional heads, class teachers and students at the initial stages.

According to a survey conducted by the PUC over 90 per cent of schools among nearly 6,000 of 1-AB, AB and C grade are unsafe for students.

Kumarasinghe said,the PUC would appoint nine power consumer consultancy members from each province aimed at safeguarding consumer rights representing the interest of power consumers directly to the PUC.

After becoming the economic safety and technical regulator of the electricity industry through the enactment of Sri Lanka Electricity Act No. 35 of 2009, the PUC entered the school sector to regulate certain factors,especially concerned with students safety, Kumarasinghe said.

The PUC was set up under Act No. 35 of 2002 as a multi-industry regulator to regulate certain public utilities industries in the country. It came into operation in mid 2003.

Initially, the PUC Act provided for the regulation of the water service and the electricity industries. The petroleum industries were also added to the list of industries.


Learn in a different way during the vacation

Fourth programme will commence shortly.

The fourth Kent Ridge Junior+ developing future leaders personality development programme for children between 9-16 years based on outdoor activities will be held during the school vacation on Saturday August 28 at Jana Kala Kendraya, Battaramulla.

Aerobics, simulations and games, visualisation activities and sharing of stories by role models will be some of the activities in the programme. It will be conducted by a group of experts in Outbound training directed by Janaka Kumarasinghe.The key learning objectives would focus on togetherness, taking leadership, developing positive attitudes making children lose their shyness, discovering hidden talents, managing time, being creative and taking independent decision. The Junior Observer is the Print Media Partner while Protinex-Life will stimulate the programmed by being the strategic partner.

Await an article and the registration coupon in the next issue (August 22)

For more details of the programme contact Vindya on 011-2805155 or Jagath on 071-9000008. Also for details please visit the website www.kent ridge.lk or e-mail on info@kentridge.lk.

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