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ගුරු වැටුප් ප්‍රශ්නය: එදා, අද සහ ඉදිරිය |ஆசிரியர் சம்பள கேள்வி: பிறகு, இப்போது மற்றும் எதிர்காலம் | A policy dialogue on “ Teacher Salary Issues: Past, Present and the Future ” was held by the Education Forum Sri Lanka (EFSL) on Aug 14th, 2021, via Zoom. LINKS:Full Video: PD#18  (In Sinhala) PRESENTATIONS
A policy dialogue on “What should be our policy on English Education”  was held by the Education Forum Sri Lanka (EFSL) on July 10th, 2021, via Zoom. LINKS:Full Video: PD#17, 2 hours  6 minutes (In Sinhala) PRESENTATIONS 5:00 – 5:10 Welcome and Introduction (Dr. Sujata Gamage, Co-founder, Education Forum Sri Lanka) 5:10 – 6:10 Panel Discussion moderated by Dr. Sujata Gamage Dr. Darshana Samaraweera, Deputy Director-General, National Institute of Education Dr.
  A policy dialogue on “Emergency Preparedness of Schools” was held by the Education Forum Sri Lanka (EFSL) on June 5th, 2021, via Zoom. LINKS: Full Video: PD#16, 2 hours 32 minutes (In English) PRESENTATIONS Current situation and the future, Argentina – Dr Silvina Gvirtz, Former Minister of Education, Buenos Aires Province, Buenos Aires | Video Education policy in the era of Covid-19, the case of Israel – Prof. Izhar Oplatka, School of Education, Tel Aviv University | Video Pakistan’s strategy for emergency preparedness, Ms Baela Raza Jamil, Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi, Pakistan | Video English schools’ response to Covid-19, Dr Katya Saville, University College London, UK | Video Emergency preparedness of schools, Mr Gareth Manning, Think Global School | Video   POLICY BRIEF https://mailchi.mp/c97e331f9798/policy-dialogue-brief-16-emergency-preparedness-in-education Panelists gave a vivid picture of the situation in each country and concluded with their own take on emergency preparedness. First, we present a set of recommendations abstracted from their  presentations and present each country context next.
A policy dialogue on “Reopening schools and education delivery until then” was held by the Education Forum Sri Lanka (EFSL) on May 15th, 2021, via Zoom. LINKS: Full Video: PD#15, 2 hours 33  minutes (In Sinhala) PRESENTATIONS Dr. Tara de Mel, Former Secretary, Ministry of Education Ms. Renuka Peiris, Former Director, Health and Safety, Ministry of Education Mr. R.
  A policy dialogue on “Decentralizing Education Management to School Level” was held by the Education Forum Sri Lanka (EFSL) on April 10th, 2021, via Zoom. LINKS: Full Video: PD#14, 2 hours 37 minutes PRESENTATIONS Decentralizing education management to school levels: How much & how? – Dr. Jayantha Balasuriya From the perspective of an Assisted school that made the journey to being a fee-levying private school – Mrs. Shanthi Dias
A policy dialogue on “Mainstreaming Social-Emotional Learning” was held by the Education Forum Sri Lanka (EFSL) on March 13th, 2021, via Zoom. LINKS: Full Video: PD#13, 2 hours 29 minutes PRESENTATIONS Why Social-Emotional Learning – Dr. Anantha Duraiappah Mindfulness and Science Behind It – Dr. Tara de Mel Enabling environment approach for achieving SDG 4.7 objectives – Mr.
A policy dialogue on “Inequities in funding schools” was held by the Education Forum Sri Lanka (EFSL) on February 13th, 2021, via Zoom. LINKS: Full Video: PD#12, 2 hours 30 minutes Mini clips: Presentations: Funding Mechanisms – Line Ministry, Dr. Madura Wehella, Additional Secretary Policy and Planning Ministry of Education Possible Funding Mechanisms – Provincial Authorities, Mr. Kathiresan Suwarnarajah, Former President Vavuniya National Colleges of Education & Mr Muttu Rathakrishnan, Zonal Education Director, Vavuniya The Little School that Could (තවත් සිප් හලක තතු),  Mr. W.
A policy dialogue on “Bottom-up Solutions to the Grade 1 Admission Problem” was held by the Education Forum Sri Lanka (EFSL) on January 16, 2021, via Zoom. LINKS: Full Video: PD#11, 2 hours 23 minutes Mini clips: Documents: PRESENTATIONS: Grade One school admissions is a serious national issue – Dr Tara de Mel Responses by: Mr. Lal Dissanayake (former principal Gampaha Bandaranaike Vidyalaya, & ZED Matugama W) Ms. SR Hasanthi, Director, Maha Oya Education Zone, EP Mrs Dilekha Kudachchi, Senior Assistant Secretary,  Ministry of Education, SP OVERVIEW: Every year, beginning its cycle in June and ending in January of the following year, the issue of Grade 1 Admissions rears its head, posing problems for parents, teachers, principals and education administrators alike. Among Sri Lanka’s 373 national schools, around 70 (less than 20%) are considered ‘popular’ schools, having the highest demand, across districts such as Colombo, Kurunegala, Kandy, Galle, and Matara.
A policy dialogue on equitable access to distance education was held by the Education Forum Sri Lanka (EFSL) in collaboration with the Development Partners Secretariat on December 08 , 2020, via Zoom. Video: Click here Presentation: Equitable Access to Distance Education OVERVIEW: The discussion revolved around the themes of 1) universal access to distance education, and 2) the quality of education provided. In his opening remarks, Mr. Patrick Vandenbruaene, Head of Development Partners Secretariat Sri Lanka, noted that COVID-19 could be the stimulus that we have needed to transform education, and he hoped the forum would generate new ideas towards this end. The forum discussions revealed that although internet access by households in Sri Lanka remains under 50% (LIRNEasia, 2018; EFSL & World Vision, 2020) it is in fact possible to ensure a quality learning experience for ALL children for 2021 if we optimize the use of existing digital technology and content, and adopt a more student-centered and student-led approach to teaching.
Held on September 19, 2020, via Zoom VIDEO: Click here PRESENTATIONS Introduction – Dr. Tara de Mel Master Plan for ICT in Education -  Prof. Kapila Perera, Secretary, Ministry of Education and former Vice Chancellor, University of Moratuwa Digital Infrastructure – Mr. Indika de Zoysa, Vice President, Enterprise Business Group, Huawei Technologies Lanka Integrating ICT into Education – Mr. Hasitha Dela, CEO, Headstart Response & Comments – Dr.