The woman in the mountains One of the names that came up during last year’s Animal Behaviour lectures was Dian Fossey, whose research work was related to mountain gorillas. Our lecturer recommended the movie ‘Gorillas in the Mist’ and it took me a good six months to find it! Source – www.imdb.com ‘Gorillas in the Mist’ is based on the book (of the same name) written by Dian ...

Popular Schools Phenomenon in Sri Lanka Sri Lanka has one of the highest literacy rates in the world on a par with most of the developed nations. Primary and secondary education is Sri Lanka is entirely delivered by the school system which pushes the child along a race track for 13 years. School years define the future of the child. Although our country has a good ...

Globaltutor.org: A local attempt at E-learning gone wrong The internet was born with a single purpose: to ease the process of sharing information. As the internet has grown, the information we share has slightly changed, we have gone from text to pictures and in the future it’s likely it’ll be videos. One thing that hasn’t changed though is that with all this information, the internet is the biggest ...

 No, this is not an advertorial for Nokia. This project, appropriately titled Connect a School, Connect a Community, is founded on the basic premise of bridging the rural-urban digital gap and providing opportunities for rural communities. The goal is to connect even the furthest schools in Sri Lanka to the ICT infrastructure of the country by setting up ICT centers ...

A year ago on a day like this the Students’ Blog was launched by the ITSC, of the Faculty of Science, University of Colombo. Although it started off with a handful of bloggers, today there are over 20 contributors. A year has gone by without us even realizing it, reminding us how fast time flies. The Students’ Blog provides a ...

The 2nd year Environmental Science students were taken on a field visit to Ceylon Knit Trends (CKT) Apparels (PVT) Ltd., in Agalawatte. The main objective of this visit was to study the Environmental Management System (EMS) within the facility. CKT Apparels is comprised of manufacturing units based in Maharagama, Eheliyagoda and Agalawatte. The factory in Agalawatte, is called “Mihila” – ...

Privatization of Higher Education in Sri Lanka Being a developing country Sri Lanka has a significantly higher rate of literacy of 91.2% in 2013. Many say the free education for primary, secondary and higher have a major role to play in this high rate. Since Minister C.W.W. Kanangara declared free education for all students in Sri Lanka in 1940s, Sri Lankan education has taken a brighter ...

Doing the right thing Source – news.softpedia.com Facebook has been in the news for some time now. By now most of you must be familiar with the suicides that happened over the last few weeks. For a recap of those incidents you can read Ishara Moulana’s entry http://fos.cmb.ac.lk/blog/banning-facebook-in-sri-lanka/ As a solution to these recent developments, the government is considering banning Facebook for those under ...

Bringing Up a Mathematical Child (Photo courtesy : http://plus.maths.org )Mathematics is always a fascinating subject to me. I liked it a lot since my early childhood but sad thing was I was not good at it. It is like a desire which cannot be fulfilled at any cost. In my primary can secondary education, I got through mathematics subject in flying colors only due to ...

Positive Noise www.insightofanintern.com Noise is an unpleasant thing. But sometimes the only way you can make yourself heard is by making some noise. This planet is home to over 7 billion people; surely we must be quite a loud bunch! So, in order to be heard, one needs to raise one’s voice occasionally. However we should be mindful of the things we ...

What is education? Education is normally considered as learning in which the knowledge about various subject matters, inventions, discoveries and etc. are given from one generation to another generation. As we all know education is a major right for all human beings in the world. Article 13 of the United Nations’ 1966 International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural ...

The fate of Sea Turtles in Sri Lanka Courtesy www.caller.com Sea turtles became a hot topic in Sri Lanka recently when the media reported the theft of an albino turtle from a commercial hatchery. Albino turtles are a very rare form and they don’t survive in the wild. During the same time period the police had discovered an illicit turtle slaughter-house in Negombo which had been in operation ...

Who is a sex worker? Image courtesy Global Press Journal Who is a sex worker? Is she an attractive woman with loose morals who is too lazy to find any ‘real’ work? Is she a young desperate mother of two who has no choice? How many sex workers are there? And who are they? The numbers we use to quantify sex workers in Sri ...

Rehan School, Pakistan Rehan School Education is a basic right of all human beings. Rehan Allahwala thinks that everyone in Pakistan has a right to educate themselves and become successful in their chosen fields. But 43% of the population in Pakistan is illiterate. Rehan thinks that this could be achieved by using simple mobile phones. He believes that inexpensive mobile phones without Internet ...

When a language dies, we don’t know what we loose with that language This veteran English teacher, with over three decades of experience teaching English in Arabic countries, brings out some interesting points about tests of English language fluency being a barrier for education of non-native speakers. But I wonder why language teachers have to be gatekeepers, when they have ...

The Schools Section, or the SLSRFA, have proposed a new format for the Schools competition next year which will increase the participation from 10 schools to 16. The main reasons given for this change by the SLSFRA, is that there is too much pressure on the schoolboys to win at all costs, and to reduce the number of court cases ...

Keeping the legacy alive – Mandela Source – www.forbes.com Death is inevitable. Each time it happens, we are struck with pain and grief. When I heard of Nelson Mandela’s death I was deeply saddened. This is the first time I’ve been affected by the death of someone whom I haven’t had a personal encounter with. One cannot speak about Mandela without mentioning the Apartheid. In Afrikaans ...

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