'Mother's Touch' - Fresh approach to early children's education
"The pre-occupation with child-education, has always been a social
priority, throughout human history. In ancient Babylonia, teachers were
sumptuously placated by parents, to protect their children from the
wrath of teachers.
Ceremonial inauguration of ‘Mother’s Touch’
Montessori - Teacher Training Institute
Records from Egyptian history of early days, indicate that children
were required to write some lines repeatedly as a punishment for bad
behaviour. There was no special form of education specifically designed
The children were thought of as small men and small women, rather
than special beings whose psychology had to be fully recognised when
childhood educational systems were devised. It was Dr. Maria Montessori,
who introduced a pioneering system of child-education.
As an educationist she advocated the establishment of the right
environment for the child, to enable that little person to acquire a
practical orientation to real life."
This observation was made by Kalakeerthi Edwin Ariyadasa, in his
key-note address at the ceremonial inauguration of the diploma course in
Montessori Method of Education, launched by Mother's Touch Montessori
School, located at No. 6, Walter Gunesekara Mawatha, Nawala.
Geetha Kaduwela, Director, Mother's Touch Institute of Modern
Montessori Colombo, welcomed the guests.
Spiritual guidance and blessings were conferred upon the gathering by
Ven. Shasthrapahti Handungama Hemaloka Mahathera Chief Incumbent
Wickramasinghe Aramaya, Nawala.
In an introductory Lecture, outlining the core-content of Montessori
Education, Praneetha Tissera, consultant in Montessori Methods of
Education, traced the history of the Montessori Philosophy of Child
"The world has never known, so comprehensive a philosophy of
childhood training as the system formulated by Dr. Maria Montessori",
said Praneetha Tissera, Indicting her dedication to the nurturing of the
child-mind, in a very carefully thought out programme of child education
Ms. Tissera reiterated her commitment to the way opened up by Dr.
The comprehensive educational courses conducted at Mother's Touch
Institute, lead to several Diplomas.
Diploma in Early Childhood Development and Education, concentrates on
preparing the trainees to become organised pre-school teachers, who will
be capable of functioning in the School in a community setting.