The Sri Lankan education system isn’t perfect. It needs reforms in critical areas. Yet, this hasn’t stopped curious minds from being fascinated and wanting to learn more about it. That’s why Global Tutor facilitated the visit of a delegation from the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce Nakano Ward group. The purpose of the delegation’s visit was to gain insights into the Sri Lankan education system and methods utilized.
For this purpose, Global Tutor facilitated a visit to Wycherley International School for the Japanese delegation. Their visit began with a tour across the school. During this tour, the teachers at Wycherley explained the local Cambridge education system and the methods they use. From this tour, insights were shared of how children are taught from kindergarten to A/L’s.
The workshop begins
Following the tour was a workshop hosted by Global Tutor to share deeper insights with the delegation. The workshop began with an introduction to the 36-year history of Wycherley International. Afterward, we saw Onalie Ariyabandhu from Global Tutor as the first speaker of the workshop.
She opened by stating that technology is an important tool for students. As such, it’s vital that they are taught how to use it properly. Yet this isn’t done in Sri Lanka. There is a lack of productive programs in Sri Lanka to teach students how to use technology effectively.
But teachers may not be equipped to deliver such programs. Onalie went onto share that this is one of the problems that Global Tutor is aiming to tackle with its online platform.
The history of Global Tutor
Following Onalie’s presentation, we saw Mohammed Fawaz – Founder and CEO of Global Tutor. He opened by sharing the history of Global Tutor. Having shared their history, Fawaz spoke of the many initiatives they conducted over the years. These ranged from a TV show where students could have questions answered to a program called Tutor Help to offer content for teachers.
Fawaz then spoke of the different partnerships Global Tutor had formed over the years. Through these partnerships, they’ve conducted various training programs for various institutions. An example Fawaz shared was of their program to train staff at banks on all aspects of microfinance. Fawaz concluded by sharing the success of their APEX workshops aimed at students.
As the workshop ended, so too did the visit by the Japanese delegation. But having seen the Sri Lankan education system first hand, they were keen on further collaboration in the future. Yukiko Sakai – a member of the delegation shared, “We want to connect with local companies and educational institutes. We hope to collaborate further and share the knowledge we gain.”