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British Council partners govt. on career guidance

A workshop hosted by the NEC at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute
A workshop hosted by the NEC at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute

The British Council of Sri Lanka announced that it continues to strengthen its longstanding partnership with the government in education and skills development.

The British Council has been working for nearly 70 years with the Government across a range of Ministries and Departments. In 2017, British Council’s engagement was reframed as its flagship programme TRANSFORM, as encapsulated under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Education. “Education reform is a major area of focus for government, with many partners working in the area. We want to make a meaningful contribution,” says Louise Cowcher, Director Education of the British Council in Sri Lanka. “Asking ourselves what a strong education system would really look like, who it would cater to and why, proved to be important in designing a strong programme.”

In 2017, TRANSFORM began delivering on the results area of professionalization under the Improving Teacher Education in Sri Lanka project in collaboration with the Ministry of Education. The programme has now turned its focus on the results area of Transitions, which explores the move from education to employment.

British Council has been invited by the National Education Commission which is the policy making body in all aspects of education in Sri Lanka to collaborate on the reappraisal of the existing Career Guidance policy. At a meeting convened by NEC with the support of the British Council on January 24, key stakeholders were brought together from a wider range of government departments, education providers and employers’ representatives to discuss current practices in the implementation of the career guidance policy, its challenges and possible ways forward.

Speaking at the event, Dr. G.B. Gunawardena, Vice Chairman (Policy) National Education Commission said: “The need for a reappraisal of the Career Guidance Policy at school level demands an analysis of the present policy context and the situational context to resolve the current issues and concerns that need to be addressed in updating the current policy.”

The participants represented the major stakeholders in the field of career guidance -National Career Guidance and Counseling Centre, Ministry of Education, Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission, National Institute of Education, Department of Manpower and Employment, National Youth Services Council, National Apprentice and Industrial Authority, National Youth Corps, Sri Lanka Foundation, Sri Jayawardenapura University, University of Colombo, The Organization of Professional Associations of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Institute of Career Guidance, Assistant Directors of Education, education advisors, principals and teachers of schools.

Prof. W. I. Siriweera, Chairman, National Education Commission, commented: “The development of man-power resources required for socio-economic growth is a prime concern of all governments. The British Council has contributed to the enhancement of human resources in the fields of General, Vocational and Higher Education in Sri Lanka. This year, the British Council has embarked on a project related to school-based career development in Sri Lanka with the collaboration of the National Education Commission which is the Policy making body in all aspects of education in our country. As a preliminary step a very successful one-day workshop was held at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute bringing most of the stakeholders together on 24th January.”


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