PARTICIPANTS OF A PUBLIC SEMINAR
ORGANISED BY THE
COLOMBO MONTESSORI
TEACHER TRAINING CENTRE WITH COLOMBO JAYSEES
AND UNICEF. LATE MRS. JOYCE GONASEKERA WHO IS
ONE OF A PIONEERS IN MONTESSORI EDUCATION IN
SRI LANKA ALSO A PARTICIPANT IN THIS SEMINAR
(SECOND IN THE FRONT RIGHT CORNER
).
GROUP OF TEACHER TRAINEES WITH THEIR
LECTURERS (MRS.KUMUDU THALAKIRIYAWE
AND MRS. PEARL SAMARAKOON).
(1992)




EXCELLENCY THE  AMBASSADOR
TO THE UNITED STATE OF AMERICA
AWARDING DIPLOMA CERTIFICATE
TO THE QUALIFIED GRADUATES IN
AN AWARD CEREMONY HELD IN
BMICH IN 1988.
DIPLOMA GRADUATES RECEIVE
THEIR AWARDS FROM MR. JAMES
W. SPAIN AMBASSADOR AMERICAN
EMBASSY SRI LANKA










Part of the participants
of the seminar held at
BMICH among them,
Former Lake House
Chairman Mr.
Bodinagoda, former
SLBC chairman Mr.
Livy Wijemanna
Second row - Mr &
Mrs.Kiwiratne and a
team of
representatives from
Wescaras University
attended the seminar.
A experimental drama - staged on a professional
stage (Lionel Wend Theater)  with professional
features,  not with professional actors and
actresses but with children under 5 years of age.  
They performed professionally, vibrating the hearts
of spectators and media reporters. This children
were trained with love. Children were free on the
stage acting beautifully  without any outside
directions. They all acted according to a command
of a music and the dialogs came to their mouths as
they heard the command of the music. These
children enjoyed acting as well as they began to
appreciate the art and beauty in drama. Music was
the main media used to train these children.
AN AWARD
CEREMONY WAS
HELD IN BMICH IN 1988
HONORABLE MINISTER OF
POWER & ENERGY LATE
MR. CHANDRA BANDARA  
AWARDING A DIPLOMA
CERTIFICATE TO A
STUDENT IN AN AWARD
CEREMONY HELD IN 1991
LEFT TO RIGHT - A
GRADUATE AND MRS.
THALAKIRIYAWE
GENERAL DIRECTRESS OF
COLOMBO MONTESSORI
TEACHER TRAINING
CENTRE. LATE
HONORABLE MINISTER
CHANDRA BANDARA
FIRFAX UNIVERSITY NEW
ORLEANS SIGNED AFFILIATE
AGREEMENT IN 1987.  
PICTURE  LEFT TO RIGHT -
MR. RANJITH
THALAKIRIYAWE DIRECTOR
GENERAL COLOMBO
MONTESSORI TEACHER
TRAINING CENTRE PRESIDENT
FAIRFAX UNIVERSITY DR.
ALENE JONES. DR.C. CLARK -
FAIRFAX UNIVERSITY



MR. RANJITH THALAKIRIYAWE
DIRECTOR GENERAL COLOMBO
MONTESSORI
TEACHER TRAINING CENTRE
PRESIDENT FAIRFAX UNIVERSITY
DR. ALENE JONES. DR.C. CLARK -
FAIRFAX UNIVERSITY
                 
            About Fairfax University Affiliation
Fair fax University was established by a group of British academics in 1986. It was the same time The Colombo Montessori Teacher Training Center
reorganized and commenced lectures at Bishop’s College Colombo 3. Colombo Montessori Teacher Training Center was offered affiliation to Fairfax
University in 1987. Affiliation agreement was signed in England for mutual benefits. Dr. E Brazil (Head of Psychology Department University of
Birmingham) and Dr. C. Clark ( Head of N England Polytechnic Institute) was appointed by Fairfax University to develop teacher training programs,  
and administration programs with us. Fairfax University main location was in New Orleans, Louisiana. Originally the University was formed to offer
Distance Educational programs. The University was  working towards National Accreditation. At the beginning it had a vision and was strong with
some able academics. After some time the University Changed her policies and lost her prestige. Educational degree programs and management
programs  that we agreed to commence in Sri Lanka never  materialized. We were holding our affiliation until year 2000 but  we never commenced
their programs in Sri  Lanka though we  mentioned the affiliation in our  documents and in our  web site. We continued to offer our own programs
which is now an internationally accepted curriculum without the Affiliate having anything to do with. We maintained high standard of quality in our
programs and gained National and International recognition. We have grown strength to strength without any thing to do with Faifax University.
Fairfax University lost her registration as a university in the Sate of Louisiana in 2005. Some of our old documents you will find that we have
mentioned link to Fairfax University affiliation. Please be aware that our Montessori Teacher Training programs are not  affiliated to Fairfax
University any more.
THE AMBASSADOR - AMERICAN EMBASSY SRI
LANKA MR. JAMES W. SPAIN ADDRESSING THE
DIPLOMA GRADUATES (1988)
THE PUBLIC SEMINAR HELD BY COLOMBO MONTESSORI TEACHER  
TRAINING CENTRE JOINTLY  WITH UNICEF ORGANISATION AND
COLOMBO  JAYCEE'S in 1993. The main object was to educate the public
on children's   rights. Picture left to right Mrs. Kumudu Thalakiriyawe, The
Chair person of   Colombo chapter, Country representative of UNICEF Sri
Lanak  standing is  Miss Iresha Jayaratne who is the chair person of the
program. Mrs. Kumudu     Thalakiriyawe, UNICEF Repersentative and
many others addressed the public to educate   in the area of  children's
rights. (1993)
GROUP OF TEACHER TRAINEES WITH THEIR LECTURER
COURSE DIRECTRESS MRS. KUMUDU THALAKIRIYAWE (1988)
 REGULATIONS CMB
Colombo Montessori Teacher Training
THE PUBLIC SEMINAR HELD BY
COLOMBO MONTESSORI TEACHER  
TRAINING CENTRE JOINTLY  WITH
UNICEF ORGANISATION AND COLOMBO  
JAYCEE'S in 1993. The main object was to
educate the public on children's   rights.
Picture left to right Mrs. Kumudu
Thalakiriyawe, The Chair person of   
Colombo chapter, Country representative of
UNICEF Sri Lanak  standing is  Miss Iresha
Jayaratne who is the chair person of the
program. Mrs. Kumudu     Thalakiriyawe,
UNICEF Repersentative and many others
addressed the public to educate   in the area
of  children's rights.
(1993)
THE  AMBASSADOR WAS THE CHIEF
GUEST IN THE DIPLOMA AWARD
CEREMONY HELD IN 1988
GROUP OF TEACHER TRAINEES WITH THEIR
LECTURER MRS.KUMUDU THALAKIRIYAWE
STUDENTS FROM 1984, 85 & 86 BATCHES
AN AWARD
CEREMONY
WAS HELD IN
BMICH IN 1987
AN AWARD
CEREMONY WAS
HELD IN BMICH IN 1992
In the Picture
Left. - MR. JAMES W. SPAIN
ADDRESSING THE
DIPLOMA
Middle - Professor Priyani
Soysa
Right - Mr. Ranjith
Thalakiryawe
In the Picture
Left. to Right -Professor Priyani Soysa, Mr.
Ranjith Thalakiryawe
MR. JAMES W. SPAIN, Mrs. Thalakiriyawe
                    ABOUT COLOMBO MONTESSORI TEACHER TRAINING CENTRE
(American Montessori International Affiliated Montessori International Teacher Training Programs)
Colombo Montessori Teacher Training Centre was established by a group of dedicated Montessori ans. Mrs Chandra Alagiyawanna a
direct student of Dr. Maria Montessori and Professor Priyani E Soysa were among distinguish founder members of the Institution. In 1983
centre was reorganized under Mr. Mrs. Thalakiriyawe. Mrs. Thalakitriyawe who has just qualified from AMTI U S and subsequently from
St. Nicholas College London. St. Nicholas College London is one of the first Montessori Institutions established by Dr. Maria Montessori.
Also Mrs. Thalakiryawe was especially trained by Mrs. Chandra Alagiyawanna and Mrs. Joice Gunasekara who were Direct students of
Dr. Maria Montessori. Before the restructuring the Colombo Montessori Teacher Training centre,
Mrs. Thalakiryawe went through many local Montessori training in various institutions to compare the training in Sri Lanka and other
parts of the world. It helped her to restructure the training at Colombo Montessori teacher Training centre well.
The Colombo Montessori Teacher Training Centre Received her Registration Certificate under the Tertiary and vocational Education ACT
NO 20 OF 1990.
Colombo Montessori Teacher Training Centre was one of the first educational institutions that received certification from Vocational
Education Commission after the Commission was formed new. Original purpose of forming the Vocational Education Commission was to
recognize privet and state educational institutions which were maintaining high standards of educational ethics and curriculum and to
grant certification for such institutions.
Colombo Montessori Teacher Training programs became very unique due to the reason that the programs were incorporated with research
work done in the field of Montessori Education and incorporated with latest developments of Child Psychology.  The first inaugural
training lecture after the restructure, was given by Miss Joyce Gunesekara who was a direct student of Dr. Maria Montessori. Lectures
were commenced at Bishop's College after restructuring the organization under Mrs. Thalakiriyawe. Subsequently the training lectures
were conducted at Methodist College Colombo. In the year 2000 the Colombo Montessori Teacher Training was relocated at Florida
College International, 42 College Avenue ., Mt. Lavinia.
TEL 9411-27737772
Dr. Maria Montessori with one of her
student
s
Dr. Maria Montessori
Dr. Maria Montessori With her
adopted son
Dr. Maria Montessori
Dr. Maria Montessori With her
children in a class room
42 College Avn., Mt. Lavinia. Sri Lanka Tel- 2737772 (US Tel. 404-5920494 )