St. Joseph’s College, Colombo 10 - Wattala Branch is a reputed Catholic Private School situated in the suburbs of Colombo founded by His Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Oswald Gomis, the Archbishop Emeritus in the year 1996. The school’s well-stabilized forward journey has proved promising future for all generations of children who will embrace it as their haven for education and life formation. At St. Joseph’s College, Wattala children are provided with a happy, caring and stimulating environment where they will recognize and achieve their fullest potential, so that they can make their best contribution to society. The dedication and exhaustive commitment of the past and present Rectors and the tutorial staff, St. Joseph’s College, Wattala is growing from strength to strength. While the resources are concentrated day by day to be utilized totally for the development of teaching – learning process and extra-curricular activities, today it has become one of the leading schools in the Gampaha District.
People have defined education in different ways. According to Encyclopaedia education is a process of acquiring knowledge, skills, habits, values and attitudes. Education should help people to become useful members of society. It should also help them to develop an appreciation of their cultural heritage and live more satisfying lives. Emmanuel Kant a great philosopher defines education as the development in man of all the perfection which his nature permits. Herbert Spencer an English philosopher defines education as preparation for complete living. It is a process of living. Thus, schools must represent life.
The child enters formal education when he is 5 years old and stays in school for 13 long years. In this process he should acquire knowledge, skills, and form good habits and good values, form healthy attitudes and become a useful person to the society. But it has become a challenge for the child to do this as society is full of selfishness and indiscipline. Human values and religious values are fast eroding. As a result, people in society have become machines for eating and hoarding money. This present situation reveals that education as defined above to acquire knowledge, skills, habits, values and attitudes has failed to achieve its purpose.
In our society we find competition to overtake the others. Such competitive attitudes have crept into our educational sector as well. The parents want their children to achieve their targets not the targets of their children and they push their children from their childhood to overtake the others and become always the first, selfishly. Due to this unhealthy competition created by the parents, children have lost their freedom and creativity. I feel parents should be properly guided to make them realize the purpose of education is not merely to pass the exams but rather to acquire good knowledge, skills and form good habits and correct values and attitudes and qualify himself in one field to be productive and live lives of happiness and achieve fulfillment and inner peace. Therefore, the need of the hour is to set correct targets and goals for children and suggest ways and means of achieving the targets. Our long-term goal for our children is integral formation of the child. It is to develop the body, mind, heart and soul of the child.
God Bless You!
Rev. Fr. Sudath Gunetileke
St. Joseph’s College, Colombo 10