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Beyond The Blackboard: Is Montessori A Viable Alternative To The Mainstream?

Over half a century ago, in 1944, Italian physician Dr. Maria Montessori arrived in Sri Lanka with her son Mario Montessori to conduct a series of classes on an alternative education system. And although the term ‘montessori’ is used liberally today, it refers to that very specific system of alternate education that Montessori developed for pre-school children in the early 20th Century.


Beyond The Blackboard: The Story Of How A Bus Changed A School

“In 2012, or 2013, I came to this village with my friend to look for a cricket ground. As we were walking, I saw a beautiful school — it looked like a temple ground,” said Samarakoon Mudiyanselage Chandrasena, who lives near the Gurugoda Kanishta Vidyalaya. “It was filled with trees and leaves, and it was beautiful, so I thought, ‘I’ll put my child here’. And so, I built a house near the school.”


Beyond The Blackboard: Why Can’t Your Home Be Your Classroom?

For Yasodhara Pathanjali, 35, and a mother of two, being homeschooled happened entirely by accident.

“I remember being able to read, write, and do math when I was three,” she said. “My parents put me through the application process to school at Mahamaya [Kandy]. But then, the week before I was supposed to start, the school painted their outer walls with Disney characters and that was the end of that.”


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