Researchers have identified the lack of male [ECD] educators as a problem for gender equity in different ways. Several studies have looked at the need for children to ‘experience an environment where there are equitable opportunities for learning, irrespective of gender, ability, age, ethnicity, or background’ (MoE, 1996, p. 66, Yang, J.E., 2014, Hekupu, Vol3, Num 3).

However, there is actually no gender balance in early childhood programs in many countries and Yang (2014) explains how ‘children are often not able to experience having men as educators or caregivers’.


Here at Early Childhood Development Project, we encourage all to take up the training and be part of the work force that helps develop the future citizens of Sri Lanka.

In line with the above Project objective, 4 male preschool teachers graduated with the batch of in service Preschool teachers at Bodiraja Dhramayathanaya in Embilipitiya Division, Rathnapura Distirct, raising the bar for gender equality in Sri Lanka.

7-day Short-term training on holistic Early Childhood Development for in service Preschool teachers was conducted by trained Master Trainers under ECD Project assisted by World Bank.

On 29th August 2019, the Closing Ceremony for the above Short-Term Training Program was held and certificates were awarded with the participation of the following dignitaries: Venerable Omalpe Sobitha Thero, the Divisional Secretary, Mr. Prasanga Udayakantha, Assistant Divisional Secretary Ms. S.T. Priyanka Weerasinghe for Rathnapura, Officials from the ECD PMU, District Coordinator for Rathnapura and ECD officers from Embilipitiya, Opanayaka, Kolonna, who were trained through the ECD Project.