Senior professor of University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. Kapila joined the staff in 1995 as a professor and also served as a Lieutenant Commander of the regular force of the Sri Lanka Navy prior to joining the Department. He obtained a Masters Degree from University of California Davis in 1989 in Mechanical Engineering, followed by Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 1993 from the same University. Prof. Perera's research interests include Turbulent Heat Transfer and Combustion Modeling, Energy Sources, Renewable Energy Technologies, and Co-generation.
“The acquisition of knowledge or skills through study, experience or being taught” can be defined as “Learning”. The Oxford dictionary lists “study”, “studying”, “education”, “schooling”, “tuition”, “teaching” etc. as similar to “learning”. Perusal of the literature presents statements with different combinations of same/similar words as definition of learning, leading to same/similar meaning. Learning results in permanent change in one’s behaviour. If not permanent change the change must be long-lasting. Classic example of permanent or long-lasting behavioural change came with the discovery of fire. Likewise, all the comforts we are enjoying to date can be attributed to generation and acquisition of new knowledge. “Learning” in the context of today’s presentation is different from the changes resulting from “biological maturity”.
Instead, “Learning for a purpose” is the focus. The purposeful learning is an active process of acquiring new understanding, knowledge, skills, behaviours, values and attitudes etc. In other words, the focus is “learning” through “education” for a purpose or purposes. i.e., Learning for the purpose of ensuring sustainable development in all the spheres of activity associated with human-environment interaction through education.
In fact, the 4th of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) themed “Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” of the United Nations is “Quality Education”. SGD 4: Quality Education further elaborates as “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”
It is a fact that COVID-19 has severely affected livelihoods in general and has threatened the targets of the education goals of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda school closures around the world.
As such, it is vital that every nation focuses on the assessment of learning loss, the consequences, and strategies to overcome the same which in turn help and materialise the ambitious Education Goals of 2030 SGD Agenda. Aims and objectives of this symposium is even more meaningful for the education of Sri Lanka under the present context.
|Registration||8.00 a.m. Onwards|
|Welcoming Guest of Honor||9.30 a.m.|
|Lighting the oil Lamp by Guests||9.40 a.m.|
|Welcome speech & Introduction – by PDE – Sabaragamuwa||9.45 a.m.|
|Speech of Hon. Governor Sabaragamuwa Province||10.00 a.m.|
|Keynote address – ...........................................................................||10.15 a.m.|
|Technical session||10.30 a.m. onwards|
|9.00 a.m.– 9.30 a.m.||
|9.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.||
|13.30 p.m. – 16.00 p.m.||
|16.00 p.m. – 16.30 p.m.||