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    August 08, 2014

    Scout camping could be a life-changing experience for kids that would give them memories that last forever, Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena said.

    Participating as the chief guest of Colombo Centenary International Scout Jamboree’s last day on Thursday (06) at Dummalasuriya in Madampe, the Minister said that children staying away from their parents for the first time in a scout camp could be a healthy experience that would build a child's self-esteem and give them the confidence to make decisions and be responsible for their actions throughout life.   

    Minister Gunawardena said: “There are around 1,000 schools under the purview of the Ministry of Education and there are around four million school going children in this country. It has been so unfortunate that an exam-centered education system had come forward during the last couple of decades. This has created a mindset among parents that merely passing examinations such as Grade Five Scholarship, GCE Ordinary or Advanced Level would help the children build their lives. The situation developed in other countries with regard to education is different. Those education systems encourage children to learn skills and develop creativity rather than getting through examinations. The education systems in developed countries direct children more and more towards co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.”

    The minister said that the government decided to make sports a compulsory activity for all students with the intention of rescuing the children from exam-centered education. (Special Reporter/HC)

    Last modified on Friday, 08 August 2014 22:31

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