Provincial Department of Education, Sabaragamuwa, Sri Lanka
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Keynote Speaker - Prof. Kapila Perera

Senior professor of University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. Kapila joined the staff in 1995 as a professor and also served as a Lieutenant Commander of the regular force of the Sri Lanka Navy prior to joining the Department. He obtained a Masters Degree from University of California Davis in 1989 in Mechanical Engineering, followed by Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 1993 from the same University. Prof. Perera's research interests include Turbulent Heat Transfer and Combustion Modeling, Energy Sources, Renewable Energy Technologies, and Co-generation.

Summery of Keynote

“The acquisition of knowledge or skills through study, experience or being taught” can be defined as “Learning”. The Oxford dictionary lists “study”, “studying”, “education”, “schooling”, “tuition”, “teaching” etc. as similar to “learning”. Perusal of the literature presents statements with different combinations of same/similar words as definition of learning, leading to same/similar meaning. Learning results in permanent change in one’s behaviour. If not permanent change the change must be long-lasting. Classic example of permanent or long-lasting behavioural change came with the discovery of fire. Likewise, all the comforts we are enjoying to date can be attributed to generation and acquisition of new knowledge. “Learning” in the context of today’s presentation is different from the changes resulting from “biological maturity”.

Instead, “Learning for a purpose” is the focus. The purposeful learning is an active process of acquiring new understanding, knowledge, skills, behaviours, values and attitudes etc. In other words, the focus is “learning” through “education” for a purpose or purposes. i.e., Learning for the purpose of ensuring sustainable development in all the spheres of activity associated with human-environment interaction through education.

In fact, the 4th of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) themed “Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” of the United Nations is “Quality Education”. SGD 4: Quality Education further elaborates as “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”

It is a fact that COVID-19 has severely affected livelihoods in general and has threatened the targets of the education goals of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda school closures around the world.

As such, it is vital that every nation focuses on the assessment of learning loss, the consequences, and strategies to overcome the same which in turn help and materialise the ambitious Education Goals of 2030 SGD Agenda. Aims and objectives of this symposium is even more meaningful for the education of Sri Lanka under the present context.

IMPORTANT DATES

2022.11.10

Submission of the abstracts.

2022.11.13

Notification of the abstract acceptance.

2022.11.18

Final submission with full paper.

2022.11.14

Registration Date.

THEMATIC AREAS

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Learning losses during the Covid-19 pandemic
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Trends of education during the Covid-19 pandemic
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Remedial Actions
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Identification of learning losses in General Education.
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Recognition of the effects of learning losses during COVID 19 Pandemic.
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Identification of practices, Strategies, Methodologies and alternative efforts to recover the learning losses in General Education.
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Good practices, remedial actions already employed which ended up with success stories.
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Recognition of post COVID educational effects in General Education.

ISLL - Schedule of the event (2022.11.24 & 25)

# Event Time
twbs Registration 8.00 a.m. Onwards
twbs Welcoming Guest of Honor 9.30 a.m.
twbs Lighting the oil Lamp by Guests 9.40 a.m.
twbs Welcome speech & Introduction – by PDE – Sabaragamuwa 9.45 a.m.
twbs Speech of Hon. Governor Sabaragamuwa Province 10.00 a.m.
twbs Keynote address – ........................................................................... 10.15 a.m.
twbs Technical session 10.30 a.m. onwards

Group No Time Duration Name of the Presenter Topic
1 10.30 – 10.45 a.m. Prof.Sampath Fernando Factors influencing online learning
2 10.45 – 11.00 a.m. Dr.Dharshani Hettiarachchi(Health) How to improve school mental health during this social- economic crisis
3 11.00 – 11.15 a.m. Mrs.Udara Dikkubura (MOE) A Study on Distance Learning Methods Implemented by Schools as a Remedy for the Disrupted Learning -Teaching Process due to Covid 19 Pandemic
Discussion 10.30–10.45 a.m. Chaired by – Dr.Dharshana Samraweera

Group No Time Duration Name of the Presenter Topic
4 11.30 – 11.45 a.m. Mr. S.Venkatraman(ADB) Research Study on the Impact of COVID 19 School Closure on Learning among Rural Children in South India
5 11.45 - 12.00 p.m. Prof.Leena(ADB Team) Remedial Activities to recover the damage
6 12.00 - 12.15 p.m. Mr.Karthik Pental (WB) Good Education practices in covid 19 pandemic
7 12.15 - 12.30 p.m. Ms.Miyeke Yukako (JAICA) Survey on COVID-19 Prevention of Children with Disabilities
8 12.30 - 12.45 p.m. Prof.Kalana Peeris (WFO) @Ensuring food security to reduce learning difficulties
Discussion 12.45 - 13.00 p.m. Chaired by - Prof.Kalana Peeris
twbs Lunch Break

Group No Time Duration Name of the Presenter Topic
9 13.30 - 13.45 p.m. Dr.Tara De Mel (Rice Up) Pandemic – induced learning losses: Gravity & Remedies
10 13.45 - 14.00 p.m. Dr.Kenneth Russell (UNICEF) Global perspective on the crisis in foundational learning 1
11 14.00 - 14.15 p.m. Ms.Chizuru Iwata(UNICEF) Global perspective on the crisis in foundational learning 2
12 14.15 - 14.30 p.m. Mr.Tharidhu Samarathunga(Save the children) Theoretical Understanding and using of inclusive education in Ratnapura district
13 14.30 - 14.45 p.m. Mr.Shantha(NGOE) Inspiring national level practices through provincial level best practices – A case study on the blended learning experience of the sabaragamuwa provincial council
Discussion 14.45 - 15.00 p.m. Chaired by - UNICEF

Group No Time Duration Name of the Presenter Topic
14 15.00 - 15.15 p.m. Mr.Upul Basnayake Multilevel Teaching as a solution for Learning losses
15 15.15 - 15.30 p.m. Mr. Lakmal Eranda Distance Learning
16 115.30 - 15.45 p.m. Mr.Koralegedara & Mrs.Amali Wickramasinghe The effects of school closure during COVID 19 pandemic on key stage 1 primary students & remedial actions to overcome them.
17 15.45 - 16.00 p.m. Mrs.Huzana & Mrs.Amali Wickramasinghe The impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on the students with special need in Sabaragamuwa
18 16.15 - 16.30 p.m. Mr.Ansaf & Mrs.Amali Wickramasinghe Best practice in distance learning education to overcome the education losses during COVID 19 pandemic period related to GE & GIT
Discussion 16.30 - 16.45 p.m. Chaired by – Mr.Lakmal Eranda

Selected group of representative Institutions will take part in the 2nd day planning session.
# Time Task
twbs 9.00 a.m.– 9.30 a.m.
  • Opening Remarks of Planning session.
  • Grouping and assigning work to be done.
twbs 9.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
  • Each groups assigned to prepare a plan for recognized issues / problems with alternative solutions and ongoing good practices.
twbs 13.30 p.m. – 16.00 p.m.
  • Presentation session on prepared Plans
twbs 16.00 p.m. – 16.30 p.m.
  • Closing remakes and showcasing

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