On 21st April 2021, the Early Childhood Development Project commenced a two day interview sessions to assess candidates for scholarship for the Diploma in Early Childhood Development and Preschool for preschool teachers who have applied for the course at National Institute of Education (NIE) and the Subaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka.

Early Childhood Development Project is in partnership with NIE for the fourth year running and Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka for the third consecutive year in providing scholarships for candidates.

The chosen candidates are mainly voluntary preschool teachers from around the country.

As of 2021 ECD Project has provided scholarships for over 430 candidates across the country, and this year 30 candidates at NIE and 20 candidates at Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka will be given the opportunity to obtain this scholarship from the ECD Project.

The ECD Project, in collaboration with the Plantation Human Development Trust, has trained over 670 preschool teachers in the Estate Sector through the National Diploma on Early Childhood Development course.

The two day session was led by the ECD PMU, with the sessions preceded over by Project Director Dr. Ravi Nanayakkara, Deputy Director Mr. Liyanarachchi and Training Specialist Mr. Madurawala. They briefed the candidates about the course structure, emphasizing the significance of this scholarship for the betterment of the future of individual candidates plus the future of the ECD sector, hence the future generations of the country. The candidates were given also informed about the very important activities carried out by ECD project for the past 5 years.

The ECD Project will continue to strengthen the ECD sector by providing more scholarships for preschools teachers in the coming years.

National Institute of Education - Batch




Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka – Batch




The Early Childhood Development Project supports the women in the ECD sector around the country.

Here we share more stories of ECD Officers and preschool teachers from three districts.


Mrs. R Vilasi Gonarathna – Preschool teacher from Arunalu Preschool in Ginigathena, Ambagamuwa Division, Nuwara Eliya District, shares her aspirations for the ECD sector and her achievements so far with the help of the ECD project


Mrs. Gayani Nadeeka Silva – Early Childhood Development Officer in Rathmalana Division, Colombo District, who was trained in the Training of Trainers Programme (Master Trainers) on Early Childhood Development that were conducted island wide by the ECD Project. She shares how the ECD project helped her achieve her goals.


Mrs. K. D. Thushara – Head teacher of Walgama Sarasi Preschool– Matara District, explains her achievements in her 19 year tenure in the ECD sector and her work with the ECD Project.


The Government of Sri Lanka concluded a successful week of Women’s Day Celebration Island wide. The Early Childhood Development Project is honored to have not only have worked with progressive women, but to have supported them in their endeavors within the ECD sector in the past 5 years.

Here we share two stories from the Early Childhood Development Officers of Nuwera Eliya District and Mannar District.


Mrs. J. S. Mark - Early Childhood Development Officer in Nanattan Division at Mannar District. She is one of the 439 Master Trainers the ECD Project has trained through its Training of Trainers Programme (Master Trainers) on Early Childhood Development that were conducted island wide.



“With a special degree in Sociology from the University of Jaffna, I chose the post of Early Child Development Officer because of its importance for the development of a child’s early years and my desire to help develop the future for our Children.

The villages in our Divisional Secretariat are those that were resettled after the civil war. This created the need for development in many areas and those of Early Childhood Sector. Preschools were necessary and demand for these resources were high. We also needed to raise awareness programme about Early Childhood Development.

There was a need to build pre-schools for children in our area and at the same time raise awareness on educating children and making them a better person, physically and mentally, to produce healthy offspring.

The Early Childhood Development Project supported us throughout these years. The training carried out by the Project for preschool teachers helped them to better understand how to raise healthy children.

The ECD Project, initiated island wide, trained all the ECD officers working in the early childhood sector. I too took part in this training program. The training given to us was very helpful in preparing us to train the pre-school teachers in our areas, the parents of the preschool children and all the people who work in connection with these preschools.

The project conducted Parental Awareness programs to the parents of the preschool children on how best to understand the children and for happy family life. These programs from the ECD Project strengthened the sector. The physical development of preschools in the village has grown tremendously since the launch of the Early Childhood Development Project.

The ECD Project provided the preschools with all the facilities required for a pre-school to function properly:

Preschool building repairs

Toilet facility

Water facility

Electrical facility

Appropriate learning materials and play materials as well as furniture for preschool children


I’m am happy to say that Early Childhood Development Project has helped 19 pre-schools in our area to better carry out pre-school development work.” 


Mrs. K. P. S. Deshani – Early Childhood Development Officer in Ambagamuwa Korale, Nuwera Eliya District. She has taken part in Parental Awareness programs carried out by ECD Project.


“The early childhood development is a complete investment for a wonderful future. I believe these few words is an apt description for this complex concept that we call early childhood development.

First and foremost, I am a woman, daughter, wife, mother, friend and a female officer. As a female officer I see that the preschool teachers that work with me are mostly female as well.

Modern women have shown us that the glass ceilings set up by the society for women can be broken and women can reach greater heights.

The Early Childhood Development Project has played a massive role throughout these years in empowering me and the women around me to break these glass ceilings and achieve our career goals.

Through facility improvement grants, training and awareness programs conducted by the ECD Project, emergency relief initiatives for our safety, the ECD project helped improve preschools and developed our knowledge base. I cannot measure the immense support given to us by the ECD Project, it is such a worthy cause.

In the year 2021, as we celebrate International Women’s Day, women around the country are given the opportunity to celebrate all of their achievements fully.

‘Rataki, Dayaki, Lowaki Aya’ ~ She is the country, is the nation, is the world’.”