A workshop for Montessori, pre-school and primary school teachers

By Dhananjani Silva

The first Liberty International Teachers' Symposium, a six-hour workshop for Montessori, pre-school and primary school teachers will be held on April 24 at the BMICH from 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. The symposium will cover a range of topics from music, dance, child psychology, speech and drama, culture, nutrition, special child education etc.

Arosha Bhakthi Silva Dr. Pushpa Rajini Jagoda

The event is organized by the Liberty Montessori Schools New York USA, Liberty International Teacher Training Institute Sri Lanka, New World Montessori Primary and Pre School Teacher Training Centre Kandy in collaboration with Hadabima Authority Sri Lanka.

Director/Coordinator Liberty International Training Institute and New World Centre Arosha Bhakthi Silva, said the symposium's aim is to give Montessori, pre school and primary teachers international exposure and to bring their standards to that level. "When we give them proper teaching methods, they give them back to the students," she said.

The concept of the symposium and the award came about as a result of both Arosha and the Liberty International Montessori Schools Institute Founder and Director Dr. Pushpa Rajini Jagoda wanting to take a social service initiative in terms of capacity building in local teachers.

Dr. Pushpa Rajini owns the Liberty teacher training centre in NY. "We hope to start model teacher centres in various places in Sri Lanka in the future and this is the first step in that direction,” Arosha said.

Parallel to the Symposium, the Golden Teacher Award 2011 Ceremony will take place at BMICH from 6 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. on that day. Two competitions have been organised in the run up to the event- an essay competition on the theme of tsunami and a contest on CD/DVD submissions of the school concerts for 2010. The winner of the former category will qualify for the Golden Teacher Award. The winner of the second category will also receive an award. Certificates will be issued to all participants who attend the symposium.

As only a limited number of participants can attend the symposium, please contact 0777452576, or email; or website;

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