Evolution of Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) in Sri Lanka: Analysis of the state responsibility

Authors(1) :-Buddhiprabha D. D. Pathirana

Notion of the early childhood as the period of most rapid human growth with greatest sensitivity to environmental influences is a globally acclaimed concept. The government of Sri Lanka has made many and varied commendable contributions to promote quality access of ECCD, Sri Lanka. However, the state contribution towards ECCD seems to be equivocal with the national education systems recognizing the child from the age of 5 years and preschools administration is more or less carried out as a small business or charity. Multiplicity of ECCD agencies, providing an uneven distribution of facilities for ECCD in Sri Lanka seems to be in need of rigorous supervision and monitoring. The government of Sri Lankan seems reluctance in its responsibility of shouldering the ECCD, Sri Lanka in a meaningful manner. In this sense, universal, uniform and quality access to ECCD seems to be denied to preschool aged children. Hence, social, cognitive and emotional needs of the Sri Lankan preschool children requiring address during this significant, critical and sensitive period; contributing to their overall development, remains unaddrressed. Thus, the present paper aims to review past and present government responsibility towards ECCD, Sri Lanka

Authors and Affiliations

Buddhiprabha D. D. Pathirana
Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Early Childhood Care and Education, Preschools, Policy, Sri Lanka

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Publication Details

Published in : Volume 3 | Issue 6 | July-August 2017
Date of Publication : 2017-08-31
License:  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Page(s) : 37-43
Manuscript Number : IJSRST173470
Publisher : Technoscience Academy

Print ISSN : 2395-6011, Online ISSN : 2395-602X

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Buddhiprabha D. D. Pathirana, " Evolution of Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) in Sri Lanka: Analysis of the state responsibility", International Journal of Scientific Research in Science and Technology(IJSRST), Print ISSN : 2395-6011, Online ISSN : 2395-602X, Volume 3, Issue 6, pp.37-43, July-August-2017.
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