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One Million Rupee Award for the Sri Lankan Teacher of the Year


The wonder of teachers is that they take on learners from every walk of life and face every challenge imaginable. Every child, from whatever his or her starting point, is viewed as an individual with high potential and is nurtured to achieve the highest goal he or she is capable of. Teachers are expected to be the ‘Life Changers’ as society entrusts them to guide its children to fulfil their full potential and achieve what they aspire to.

The award

In honour of all dedicated and committed teachers, Aravinda De Silva, Sri Lanka’s elite cricketer and the match winner of the 1996 world cup final has come forward to contribute One Million Rupees to initiate an annual teacher award which will be open to all teachers of Sri Lanka. Aravinda, recalling the influence Mr. R.I.T.Alles had on his success, mentions that teachers of the calibre of Mr. Alles should be considered as nation builders. Aravinda’s late Father, Sam De Silva too was a teacher before he joined the corporate sector. His wife, Mrs. Anushka De Silva, volunteers herself to teach children with special needs. Aravinda believes that their blessings have contributed in numerous ways to make him what he is today.

Eligibility

‘The Sri Lankan Teacher of the Year’ awardis open to all teachers of Sri Lanka, be they from the state, private or international sector, who demonstrate sincere commitment to the furthering of the learning and development of students in Sri Lanka. The entire award process is managed by the International Forum for Teachers (IFT), which has been pioneered by the Gateway Graduate School (the higher education and professional development arm of the Gateway Group) along with international organisations of repute such as Pearson Edexcel and the University of Nottingham. The final selection of the awardee will be made in the first week of July 2018 while the nomination process for the award will be closed by the end of May 2018. The winner will receive the award on the 14th of July at the BMICH, at the end of proceedings of this year’s IFT.

Criteria for the award

The Award Selection Committee will evaluate the evidences provided for each nominee against the following six criteria:

1. Being an exemplary member of the teaching profession at one’s own institution and within the wider teaching community.

2. Using innovative teaching practices to support the learning process of the students in the classroom and beyond.

3. Scholarly contribution to the furtherance of issues related to teaching, learning and educational quality within Sri Lanka and beyond.

4. Supporting the achievement of excellence in academic pursuits among students.

5. Supporting the achievement of excellence in co-curricular pursuits among students.

6. Contribution to the wider community through teaching and other worthwhile initiatives.  

The members of the Award Selection Committee will consider the quality of the evidences produced on behalf of the nominee and not just the quantity of the evidences.

A transparent system

The award process is to be overseen by an Award Selection Committee which encompasses five eminent members who are recognised professionals in the field of education. Of these, four members are Sri Lankan and one member is a non-Sri Lankan educationist of international repute. Each nomination must be accompanied by two letters of support from the following people:

  1. The Head of the educational institution at which the nominee is employed as a teacher.
  2. A colleague at the educational institution at which the nominee is employed as a teacher.
  3. The Head of the educational institution at which the nominee is employed as a teacher.
  4. A colleague at the educational institution at which the nominee is employed as a teacher.

In addition to the letters of support, the proposer of the nominee is required to submit a cover letter, the curriculum vitae of the nominee and relevant evidences (documents, videos, news articles, published materials, testimonials, learning materials developed by the nominee and publications by the nominee) to support the nomination for the award.

Nomination form and further information

Nomination form for The Sri Lankan Teacher of the Year award can be downloaded from the International Forum for Teacher (IFT) website: www.ift.lk. Further information about the award can be obtained by calling Rushika or Imeshi on 0772256356, 0112695103 and 0112695107 or by writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In highly developed countries, the best minds become teachers and the profession is held in high esteem. If Sri Lanka is to be competitive in this global landscape, we will need to attract a larger number of talented young people to this noble profession. ‘The Sri Lankan Teacher of the Year’ award and the ‘International Forum for Teachers’ are all aimed towards elevating the status of the teacher and appreciate the yeoman service that they carry out in nation building.

The wonder of teachers is that they take on learners from every walk of life and face every challenge imaginable. Every child, from whatever his or her starting point, is viewed as an individual with high potential and is nurtured to achieve the highest goal he or she is capable of. Teachers are expected to be the ‘Life Changers’ as society entrusts them to guide its children to fulfil their full potential and achieve what they aspire to.

The award

In honour of all dedicated and committed teachers, Aravinda De Silva, Sri Lanka’s elite cricketer and the match winner of the 1996 world cup final has come forward to contribute One Million Rupees to initiate an annual teacher award which will be open to all teachers of Sri Lanka. Aravinda, recalling the influence Mr. R.I.T.Alles had on his success, mentions that teachers of the calibre of Mr. Alles should be considered as nation builders. Aravinda’s late Father, Sam De Silva too was a teacher before he joined the corporate sector. His wife, Mrs. Anushka De Silva, volunteers herself to teach children with special needs. Aravinda believes that their blessings have contributed in numerous ways to make him what he is today.

Eligibility

‘The Sri Lankan Teacher of the Year’ awardis open to all teachers of Sri Lanka, be they from the state, private or international sector, who demonstrate sincere commitment to the furthering of the learning and development of students in Sri Lanka. The entire award process is managed by the International Forum for Teachers (IFT), which has been pioneered by the Gateway Graduate School (the higher education and professional development arm of the Gateway Group) along with international organisations of repute such as Pearson Edexcel and the University of Nottingham. The final selection of the awardee will be made in the first week of July 2018 while the nomination process for the award will be closed by the end of May 2018. The winner will receive the award on the 14th of July at the BMICH, at the end of proceedings of this year’s IFT.

Criteria for the award

The Award Selection Committee will evaluate the evidences provided for each nominee against the following six criteria:

1. Being an exemplary member of the teaching profession at one’s own institution and within the wider teaching community.

2. Using innovative teaching practices to support the learning process of the students in the classroom and beyond.

3. Scholarly contribution to the furtherance of issues related to teaching, learning and educational quality within Sri Lanka and beyond.

4. Supporting the achievement of excellence in academic pursuits among students.

5. Supporting the achievement of excellence in co-curricular pursuits among students.

6. Contribution to the wider community through teaching and other worthwhile initiatives.  

The members of the Award Selection Committee will consider the quality of the evidences produced on behalf of the nominee and not just the quantity of the evidences.

A transparent system

The award process is to be overseen by an Award Selection Committee which encompasses five eminent members who are recognised professionals in the field of education. Of these, four members are Sri Lankan and one member is a non-Sri Lankan educationist of international repute. Each nomination must be accompanied by two letters of support from the following people:

In addition to the letters of support, the proposer of the nominee is required to submit a cover letter, the curriculum vitae of the nominee and relevant evidences (documents, videos, news articles, published materials, testimonials, learning materials developed by the nominee and publications by the nominee) to support the nomination for the award.

Nomination form and further information

Nomination form for The Sri Lankan Teacher of the Year award can be downloaded from the International Forum for Teacher (IFT) website: www.ift.lk. Further information about the award can be obtained by calling Rushika or Imeshi on 0772256356, 0112695103 and 0112695107 or by writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In highly developed countries, the best minds become teachers and the profession is held in high esteem. If Sri Lanka is to be competitive in this global landscape, we will need to attract a larger number of talented young people to this noble profession. ‘The Sri Lankan Teacher of the Year’ award and the ‘International Forum for Teachers’ are all aimed towards elevating the status of the teacher and appreciate the yeoman service that they carry out in nation building.

 

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