United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is to establish South Asian Centre for Teacher Development in Sri Lanka.
Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova and Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Anura Dissanayake signed the agreement on this behalf in Paris on 10th June 2014.
This is the first such regional Centre in the world under the auspices of UNESCO dedicated to Teacher Development. This Centre will serve the South Asian region.
The establishment of the Centre in Sri Lanka marks a milestone in the education sector of the country as the high literacy rate and the provision of free education are attributes that have been widely acknowledged globally. The institution, while playing a pivotal role in the enhancement of teacher development in the South Asian region is also expected to be replicated in other regions around the world as countries augment education programmes and widen the potential of teachers.
The Agreement was signed in the presence of a distinguished gathering including Minister T. B. Ekanayake, Minister of Culture and the Arts, Professor Karunaratne Hangawatte, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to France and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO as well as Ambassador Mohammad Kacem Fazelly of Afghanistan, Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj of India, Ambassador Ghalib Iqbal of Pakistan, Ambassador Huseyin Avni Botsali of Turkey as well as Deputy Permanent Delegate of Bangladesh, Farhana Ahmed Chowdhury and Deputy Permanent Delegate of Nepal, Ram Babu Dhakal.