Asandhi, pioneers early childhood education with US flavour
education often focuses on children learning through play, based on the
research and philosophy of Jean Piaget. This belief is centered on the
“power of play”. It has been thought that children learn more
efficiently and gain more knowledge through play-based activities such
as dramatic play, art, and social games. This theory stems children's
natural curiosity and tendencies to “make believe”, mixing in
Preschool education and kindergarten
emphasize learning around the ages of 3–6 years. The terms “day care”
and “child care” do not convey the educational aspects, although many
childcare centers are now using more educational approaches. The
distinction between childcare centers and kindergartens has all but
disappeared in countries that require staff in different early childhood
facilities to have a teaching qualification.
Researchers and early childhood
educators both view the parents as an integral part of the early
childhood education process. Often educators refer to parents as the
child's “first and best teacher”. Understanding this need in our society
Asandhi Jala Walgampaya Seneviratne ventured into ‘Early Childhood
Education’ through ‘Rainbow World Education Centre’ in Kandy. With this
,she hopes to give the advantages of quality education to residents of
Kandy. Her efforts in this venture have paid dividends by the demand it
has now created in this brief period.
She was interviewed by Daily News Business.
Excerpts of the interview.
Q. How do you describe your line of
A. Rainbow World is an
early childhood development centre. We are presently located in
Aniawatte Kandy. We have students aged from 2 to 6 years. At the moment
we have 15 students. We commenced the centre only a year ago. Before we
left for the UK I followed a Diploma in Early Childhood Development in
Kandy. When we returned we opened this pre school last year. I also
followed a one year course on Optional Practical Training’ at Wayne
College, Nebraska USA. There is a very good demand for our services and
we intend to cater to the high-end market.
Asandhi Jala Walgampaya Seneviratne
Q. How do you manage time to handle
your personal life?
A. My husband Eddie
Seneviratne is a manager of a company in Galle. We have two daughters
and they are Dulanjalee and Anjalee Seneviratne. They are both US
qualified graduate teachers and they helping me in the Rainbow World
Education Centre. I dedicate my time from 8am to 12 noon to the school.
Children arrive from 7am onwards and I am on hand to greet them. I am
with them from the time they arrive till they leave my care. With my
daughters being involved in the school it has become a family effort and
we have perfect coordination in running this place. I also have the
school at my premises which gives me the advantage of being been on hand
at any time.
Q. What motivated you to venture into
business on your own?
A. In my legal carrier the
bulk was case adoption, this showed me the requirement there was for
early childhood development.
I then followed a course in early childhood development at the
American College of Higher Education in Kandy. When we went to USA for
the graduation I further prepared myself by following a Optional
Practical Training’ at Wayne College, Nebraska USA. This further
strengthened my state and resolved to open the training centre.
Q. What are your goals?
A. To develop the child to
be a capable and attentive individual. Who will be both capable of
quickly adopting to change of skills and environment. I also hope to
develop this centre to be on par with similar US centres.
Q. How do you face the challenges of
A. Though there are
hundred of pre schools in Kandy my education is different. This alone
makes the question of competition irrelevant. Also I cater to a niche
Some of the students at Rainbow World
Asandhi with her family
Q. What example do you provide to
A. Acquiring new skills
and being abreast of the latest techniques is the way to carry out any
business. Especially in child hood development there is is a lot of new
things to be learnt and other educator should also upgrade their skills
and knowledge. Thus give a better service to ones clients.
Q. What is your specialty?
A. Catering to an
individual child’s needs. Identifying skill and plan accordingly.
Creating an effective environment to enhance learning. Training to
increase recollection. To provide opportunities to observer accepted
norms and appreciate culture. This is all about diversity.
To develop environmentally friendly attitudes, and actively
participate in conversations.
To be able to adopt and accept change to develop the skills required
to face challenges with self confidence.
Q. What are your achievements in
A. We have so far not
received any negative reports. In today’s context this is an achievement
all by itself.
We are committed to teach children and we believe that each child is
precious. If love and proper direction is given in early life it will
pay dividends by producing good citizens worthy of any society. As
responsible elders we should help children to become both responsible
and healthy in their behavior.
We aim at giving comprehensive learning encompassing the seven
domains of child education. Rainbow World Early Childhood Education
Centre is dedicated to this end.
Q. What is your message to society?
A. The importance of
proper childhood development is what stands between making an ordinary
person into a worthy citizen. Every educator’s goal should be to work
towards this, as it is the ultimate reward to mankind. (SJ)