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Hello, my dear Friends!It’s Sunday today! And I’d like to send you a positive wave of energy right now! I hope these funny cheerful kids (students of my school, 5th form) will definitely raise your mood. I took the photo on a Smile Day which is annually held in our school in September at the beginning of the school year! I think it’s an amazing tradition! Students of the secondary school prepare some funny activities and souvenirs for the students of primary school and share their positivity with them!Wish you a great day full of pleasant surprises and fun!
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  • sweet smile that is mean they are happy in there education


    You are welcome dear teacher Galina ,

    Thank you very much for your informative description of the system of education in your country.

    Truly speaking, our system of education goes many centuries back, and on very old days, it was mainly temple-based, but at this time, it is basically managed by the Ministry of Education. To be frank with the issue, there are a number of practical problems with the system of education in modern context, but it is still considered to be a system of free education. Compared to other countries in the developing world, the literacy rate in Sri Lanka (SL) is still more or less similar to that of a developed country. During the time of 1950s, there had been a kind of socio-economic-political spring up in the society because of the powerful impact of some public movements on the decision making stratum of ruling elites. And as a result, the free educational system was established in the Sri Lanka soil, and many students from the countryside got the access to education and became professionals in all sectors in the country.

    Irrespective of nationality, caste, creed, gender and so on, everyone was benefited with the system of free education, and ultimately, country became bloomed in all directions and laid a hallmark regionally as well as globally. For example, the founder of modern Singapore, Honorable mentor Lee Kuan Yew had once clearly mentioned that he was with a dream to build a country/nation (Singapore) like Sri Lanka on his soil for his people. This is a good indication for someone to realize the standard of Sri Lanka as a country on old days. As many elderly people say, the secret behind it is the free educational system introduced by some statesmen produced by the nation in the past.

    Now, I would like to talk about the system of education in Sri Lanka within the existing framework. In this case, I really try my best to look at issues related to the main topic as a person living in an independent thinking pool. According to constitution of the country, the schooling is compulsory for students 5+ to 13 years of age, and on the other hand, people know that education is a right of every citizen born but not a privilege for some people. Contrary to documented papers, it is possible to meet street kids of this age limit on the roads doing various things for living or for helping their family members to make money. As I mentioned earlier, I’m not a person who talks about only the heaven but the hell too because I want to understand the world with an open mind. The educational structure of the country is divided into five (5) echelons as:

    1. Primary 2. Junior Secondary 3. Senior 4. Senior Secondary

        5. Collegiate 6. Tertiary

  • (second part)

    The government schools are still prominent in the society, and the competition is really unbelievable in the educational sector, and as a result, there is a huge demand for private tuition classes countrywide. There are private schools of different categories in Sri Lanka, and the lectures are normally conducted in the English language; in addition, there are some classes in some state schools conducting all subjects in English. You might know that Sri Lanka was a British colony, and British rulers introduced English education to Sri Lanka to make citizens who were able to work in the surroundings established by them, and this trend was lasted up to the later part of 1950s; for example, both my parents, who were born before 1940s, are English educated; but they didn’t speak in English at home because of some other reasons. My father can write in English as a person born in England. I learned some from him, but I did my studies in my native language up to the university entrance examination, but later I turned to English in my further studies. At present, it is reasonable to say that the system of education in my country is being moved forward because of the dedication of parents; every mom has strongly understood the importance of education in the modern context. The free education system although having some threats to its survival is still a blessing for the majority of the country, and I think people want to protect it for their next generations. In reality, there are so many points to discuss under the main topic, but it is time-consuming and a long process; so I’m pleased to wind up at this point.

    Good Luck and bye for now!


  • Hi, Bimal!

    I’m so happy to hear from you! Thank you very much for your nice words about our school and students. Well, now about education system in Russia.

    Education in Russia is provided by the state and is regulated by the Ministry of Education and Science.

    Education in Russia is compulsory up to the 9th form. The stages of compulsory schooling in Russia are:

     primary school for ages 6-7 to 9;

     senior school for ages 11 to 15

    Higher school is not compulsory.

     higher school for ages 16 to 17


     Primary and secondary school together comprise 11 years of study. Every school has a "core curriculum" of academic subjects.

    After finishing the 9th form one can go on to a vocational school which offer programmes of academic subjects and a programme of training in a technical field, or a profession.

    Besides schools of general education in Russia there are Lyceums and Gymnasiums. Gymnasium students will normally major in humanities. Lyceums students are supposed to major in sciences (math, physics, biology, etc.)
    Lyceums and gymnasiums are believed to have more proficient, experienced teachers. They also can boast of more advanced/sophisticated cirriculums than a regular school. There are more subjects in the curriculum. At least two foreign languages are normally taught.

    My school is “Lyceum №4”, Saratov city. It’s a state not private school. Chemistry and Biology are taught deeply. Two foreign languages are included in the curriculum: English and German.

    You're right, Bimal that today's children are advanced. I call them 'digital generation' and for me it's really interesting to work with them, though sometimes I'm really exhausted...

    What about the education system in your country, Bimal?

  • WoW! Grace, gathering around the fire is also our most popular activity in the children's camps! Your photo reminded me of my childhood when I spent one summer month in a camp every year. Twice or three times a week we had such campfires. It was so exciting! We did the same activities like you: singing to the guitar, dancing, playing, laughing! The darkness around the fire added some unigue feeling: the mixture of mystery, fear, excitement! It was great! Thanks for reminding me of it! This tradition is still alive nowadays though isn't held so often: only during the opening and closing ceremonies.

  • Hi! Teacher Galina!

    It is really striking! Is this a government school or a private school? I’m not a teacher in practical sense, but I’m in a position to teach some subjects for upper grade students in our system of education. The experiences a full-time teacher undergoes are exactly pleasing, so you can satisfy with your profession while living with your kids. Nowadays, kids are really advanced, so working with them would be easy, but there may be some other practical issues compared to old days.  I’m interested in knowing of what type of educational system do you have in your country at present?

    Good luck and bye for now!

  • Yes, their rings look so lovely! The atmosphere of the activity is simply mirthful and something like masquerade. I can see some of them wearing masks and catlike painting on their faces.

    You are right, teacher! We all gathered around the fire like this picture. The campfire was one of the activities we would do for spicing up the party when we camped. Singing, playing together at night was really exciting, also you could feel the blazing fire dancing with you, too!  :D 

  • Hi, Grace! I'm so happy that you also smiled! I completely agree with you that trying to involve children into such activities is extremely useful and exciting for students. They learn to interact with younger students, to be creative and responsible.

    It was really interesting to learn that you had had the same activity while studying in the college! Why was it called 'campfire'? Did you gather around the fire? You know we also dance,  play different games, prepare a small performance and exchage gifts. For example, in this picture you can see my students (7th form) immediately after the performance that they have given to primary students. Can you see that all the girls are showing their fingers with shining rings. These rings are the gift from primary students. We gave them notebooks and pens with smiley face.

    Everybody felt happy!


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  • Thank you for sharing their lovely smile! I smiled, too. :D  These activities provide students a good chance to get to know each other and interact between different grades. Great! I remember we also had a similar activity called campfire party when I was in college. We danced, played games and exchanged gifts. What an unforgettable moment! :)

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