Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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Project name

TTeacher Training on Primary Education in Sri Lanka

Project Framework

*This project was funded by Toshiba Foundation. T_03_01_Rd_Wh_100

Project Site

Colombo City, Sri Lanka

Project Timeframe

April 2017~March 2018


Since the 1990s, Sri Lanka has been reforming its educational system according to the national educational advisory committee, however problems with the lack of trained teachers and appropriate teaching materials for early childhood education still remains. In addition, the current education system focuses on memorization of information rather than a hands-on approach, therefore there is a necessity to make improvements to the quality of education. In this training project, school teachers working in early childhood education in Sri Lanka receiving training on hands-on education along with methods such as “kamishibai” and “origami”, which are widely used in Japan. The project aims to prompt teachers to use these newly learned skills in development of educational materials and mock classes so that they can apply them to their classes. *Project Partners : Fukuyama City University

Project Objectives

Improvement in early childhood education by using Japanese teaching methods (ex. “kamishibai”, “origami”, music, physical education, ethics)

Main Activities

Teachers from 9 schools (4 private and 5 public) for low income students in Colombo City participated in the following trainings/activities:
  • Lectures on course planning on early childhood education in Japan
  • Peace education and origami with the atomic bombing in Hiroshima
  • Classroom teaching using “kamishibai”
  • Mock classes and educational material development by participating teachers
  • To learn Japanese peace education

  • Participant learning how to make origami cranes

  • Participants demonstrating their “kamishibai” stories


Sri Lanka Early Childhood Education