About NCEF

Ven. Dr. Bandagiriye Somawansa Thero’s ambition was to introduce and implement a proper Young Child Education methodology in Sri Lanka in keeping with the national identity through this foundation. In order to achieve same Ven. Dr. Bandagiriye Somawansa Thero has developed a curriculum based on the Educational Methodology inherited by us for ages. The wide knowledge and experience he has gained in Japan on Young Child Education system too has helped him immensely to make his dream come true.

Our education methodology is mainly based on the Sri Lankan philosophy and the culture we inherited for ages. Our doors are opened to all Sri Lankans.

Behaviour of the human beings depends on the education they receive which distinguishes human beings from the animals.

As our education methodology is based on the unique education system inherited by us which does not confront with the Asian or European education systems, we are confident of the success of the system we have adopted. We have hands on experience of the rich quality of our students. We are proud to mention that our students have excelled well in many fields, which was due to the inherited education method we have adopted.

Apart from the introducing new methodology to improve young child education, we have also geared many schemes to develop inter relationship between different nationals in Sri Lanka.

We were able to carry out all the activities implemented up to now due to the generous donations we have received from Distinguish local and foreign Donors.

Ven Dr. Bandagiriye Somawansa Thero who founded the Foundation is discharging duties as the Director General on voluntary basis devoting his precious time solely for development of Young Child Education in Sri Lanka through the National Children’s Educational Foundation.

In recognition of his service towards the Young Child Education of Sri Lanka, Open University International has conferred him with a Doctorate in November 2008.

The Board of Management of the Foundation is comprised with educationists and professionals who are well educated and highly respected personnel, in addition to Ven. Somawansa Thero and Leading educationists such as Professor Hiroshi Kubota also serve in advisory capacity.

Final goal of the Foundation is to make a Well Disciplined, Well Erudite child with national identity to the society who will be an asset to the society.

Objectives

  1. To establish kindergartens and training institutes in Sri Lanka
  2. To conduct international Seminars, Workshops etc. on methods of education with special emphasis on “Young Child Education”
  3. Formulation of appropriate polices for the development of the young generation physically, mentally and spiritually.
  4. To develop educational, religious, social and cultural standards of the people of Sri Lanka
  5. To promote the inter relationship and mutual understanding among the nations of the world.
  6. To publish newspapers, newsletters, magazines, books etc. on educational welfare and social activities.

NCEF Buddhist College:

Established in 1990 in order to absorb the children completing the kindergarten education in NCEF Kindergarten, taking into consideration the request made by the parents regarding the difficulty in finding a suitable school for primary education for their children.

Until 2005 only the children pass out from the NCEF Kindergarten only were admitted to NCEF Buddhist College as it was a 15 years research project. Since 2006 children from other kindergartens and schools too are admitted.

Due to the high quality of the education provided with special emphasis on Moral Education, there is a big demand to admit to our school. So far around 500 children has pass out from the school and prosper well in Sri Lanka as well as overseas.

The government of Sri Lanka has approved the NCEF Buddhist College as a fully pledged private school under the Ministry of Education.

A well planned annual programme for the 12 months with integrated activity for each month has been introduced in the NCEF Buddhist College to allow the young child to expose to the society gradually.

Preparedness by teachers, children and parents for these projects is a must and prepared project should get the approval from the Director General at least 15 days before the scheduled date. Estimated budget also should be submitted along with same and it should indicate from where the resources for the project will be generated (eg. From Parents, Advertisements, Fair etc). After the each programme actual budget should be submitted

January – Welcoming ceremony of Grade 1 students and Pirith Ceremony

February – Independence Day Celebrations and Marathon

March – Inter House Sports Meet

April – Sinhala & Hindu New Year Celebrations

May – Wesak Procession & Festival

June – Poson Bakthi Gee

July – Educational Tour

August – Fire Camp

September – Sil Programme

October – Awarding Colours

November – Exhibition of Art and Creations

December – Variety Entertainment

In addition to the above programmes, to get the participation of the parents in children’s educational matters, Parents Meetings and shramadana campaigns are held in every month which are compulsory.

Agenda of the meeting is prepared covering the priority matters, projects, etc. Areas to be handled at shramadana is distributed according to the classes at the parents meeting held with teachers.

Weekly meetings for parents are also held on every Thursday for which attendance is optional. However, those who do not attend should make themselves aware of the important matters discussed and decisions taken which are written on the Right Hand side Top of Black Boards of relevant classes after meetings.

A chart showing parents participation at the meetings are displayed in each class.

A Moral Evaluation Chart of the children is also displayed in each class.

Morning Assemblies are daily conducted which lasts around 15 minutes.

Emphasis is given for the religion, common awareness etc. National Anthem is recited only in the Assembly on Monday morning.

On the other days time has been allocated to Students to make brief speeches etc which will help to improve their personal development and overcome social phobia etc.

Historical and archaic books are made available to the children to enhance their knowledge which will be helpful for improvement in general knowledge, elocution, quiz competitions, debates etc.

Also children are being given the task of cleaning the premises by collecting trash such as polythene, plastics etc for 5 minute daily after worshipping the Lord Buddha in the morning to have a clean and tidy environment.

The collected trash are separated, packed and handed over to the collection centre of the Divisional Council.

Although it follows the Government Curriculum, priority is given for enhancing moral education of children with the introduced integrated education methodology of NCEF Buddhist College and in order to induce children for same the marks are given for each subject as follows at the tests with Government or School Question Papers.

For understanding of Morality – 300 (50%)

For practical knowledge – 100 (16 2/3%)

For Test paper (Theory) – 200 (33 1/3%)

Lessons are pre-designed considering the following priorities and approval. Should be obtained from the Director General for same.

1. Objective

2. How to prepare children and teachers (with emphasis on mental, physical and material awareness)

3. Contents of the lessons

4. Considering the feed back

Also Ven Dr.Somawansa Thero conducts weekly staff meetings with teachers to discuss on education, psychology of children, day to day problems, matters relating to the development of the college, coordination and assigning of official matters with Zonal Education Office and any other important matters need attention.

Special Features Unique to “NCEF Buddhist College”

  • Bowing and Worshipping the Buddha Statue in Shrine Room near the Entrance as soon as entered from the main gate.
  • Non use of Bell.
  • Non wearing shoes inside the School Premises
  • by students of the Kindergarten and students up to Year 9 of the Upper School. (It gives the child to stimulate sense of eye, ear, nose, body etc.)
  • At the end of every month an awareness programme for the parents is held with special emphasis on moral values.
  • Non use of the cane for punishing.
  • Before taking meals, thanking the parents by reciting a special song (Prathyaveksha Geethaya ).
  • Maintaining records regarding the participation in school activities by parents.
  • Processing a system of evaluation of moral values of children.
  • Maintaining a progress record of students throughout the year.
  • Conducting an evaluation system in order to upgrade the efficiency of teachers.
  • Implementation of monthly compulsory educational programmes for parents.
  • Use of Polythene is banned inside the College premises.
  • Environment Conservation and Scientific Research.

AWARD OF TROPHIES TO THE BEST STUDENT AND RUNNERS UP

All round performance of students in academic, extra curricular activities and morality are annually evaluated and Best Student and Two Runners Up are selected to award Dr. Upali Wikrema-sekera Challenge Trophies and Cash awards of Rs. 25,000/- Rs. 15,000/- and Rs. 10,000/- sponsored by Dr. Upali Wickrema-sekera.

The following areas are considered for selection of the Best Student while points obtained at the Sports Meet Inter House and Individual events too are taking into account for same.

  1. Attending school daily.
  2. Arriving at school before 7.30 a.m and cleaning the allocated area.
  3. Prompt in worshipping the Lord Buddha in the morning and worshipping in proper posture.
  4. Conservation of environment and make it beautiful.
  5. Refrain from bringing non-degradable materials such as polythene to school premises.
  6. Keeping books, uniforms and clothes clean and tidy.
  7. Reciting Appreciation Stanza (Prathyaveksha Geetha) before consuming meals.
  8. Capability for leadership.
  9. Acting with common sense.
  10. Paying equal respect to all teachers.
  11. Abide by all rules and regulations of the school.
  12. Punctual to class.
  13. Assignments are done on time.
  14. If a teacher is absent attending to an assignment from the assignment bank.
  15. Effort to improve the handwriting skills.
  16. Completing the poems and stanzas assigned for Poya Day on time.
  17. Taking part in all school functions and activities.
  18. Effort to improve speech abilities.
  19. Writing articles to the newspaper etc using school name
  20. Trying to be an exemplary student.