The Government of Sri Lanka together with ‘KOICA’ (Korea International Cooperation Agency) the grant aid agency of the Korean Government, laid the Foundation Stone for the building complex of the project “Establishment of NCoE(National College of Education) and Teacher Training System for Technology“ on the 31st of August at Kuliyapitiya.
Honorable Ranil Wickramasinghe, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, His excellency Heon Lee, the
Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Mr. Jin Ho Song, the Vice President of KOICA, Mr. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Minister of MoE (Ministry of Education) and Ministers from five other Ministries, one state Minister of Internal & Home affairs and Provincial councils and Local Government graced the event with their presence among with 2,000 participants.
KOICA, on behalf of the Korean government is supporting the project “Establishment of National College of Education and Teacher Training System for Technology” worth of 13.98 million USD to foster competent pre-service and in-service technical teachers with capacity to train students in newly rising areas such as IT, Bio-system and Engineering Technology.
One of the current biggest obstacles in the development of Sri Lanka’s economy is unemployment of GCE Advanced Level completed students who do not continue their higher education in any vocational institutes or universities. Therefore, there has been a continuous demand for students with skills and qualified teachers with practical knowledge to meet the needs of related industries and labour market.
In order to alleviate the following difficulties, KOICA and Ministry of Education agreed on the establishment of the National College of Education on Technology.
Under this project KOICA not only provides the infrastructure facility for the National College of Education on Technology but also the system for the sustainable functioning of the entire College including installation of technical equipment for practical exercises, curriculum development, textbooks and operation plans of the pre- and in- service teacher training for technological education.
While delivering the Speech, His Excellency Heon Lee asserted that students represent the future of the nation and teachers stand as the backbone of the education and the brotherly friendship and partnership between Korea and Sri Lanka require technically competent and stronger younger generations to succeed and further develop from strength to strength.
Mr. Jin Ho Song, the Vice President of KOICA noted that “KOICA hopes to share what Korea has accumulated over the past years in the field of technical education. Also, in the long run, I am certain that the Sri Lankan youth who are seeking for technically competent education system will benefit from this project and will meet the demand of technical industries and labor market.”
Sri Lanka recently achieved the status of an upper middle-income country. By strengthening the education sector along with the first ever Nation College of Education on Technology in Sri Lanka will contribute further to bringing prosperity to the Sri Lankan people.
The Korea International Cooperation Agency is the Official Grant Aid Organisation for the Republic of Korea. In that capacity, KOICA has been contributing to the social economic development in Sri Lanka since its establishment in Sri Lanka in 1995.