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Wonderful concept of learning with freedom

lTitle: Asirimath Igeneema
lAuthor: Dr Alex Perera

The cover of a book is a symbol that represents the content of the book. The title of the book states that the concept of ‘learning is a concept covered in different aspects' is given the shade of two trees of different sizes and colours. At the same time, it is clear that the subject should be viewed with an open mind, without the shadow of the two trees, to the right of the title.

The book also illustrates the concept of learning from different perspectives, as illustrated by the different sizes of English letters on the light green cover. The term 'learning' is expressed in a fixed font. The word 'wonderful' is used in italics to indicate that there are various aspects to the concept of learning.

The letters in the name of the book itself are intriguing. The term we are most familiar with is igeneema or learning'. But igeneema or learning is the correct word, as it is grammatically analyzed and confirmed in the first chapter. Thus, the first thing to be done in the book is to analyze the term learning according to the rules of expression. Secondly, it is an analysis based on the five hindrances of Buddhism and the four Brahma commentaries and other related concepts of Buddhism. Thirdly it is the analysis of the history of education, the principles of education, the objectives of education, the formal-informal-informal concepts, and the overall field of education.

The following is an explanation of what is being done by balancing the concept of wonderful learning with the concept of freedom.

As readers of the book, we have already come to realize that any concept can be interpreted and understood through different disciplines and that the horizons of our knowledge cannot be expanded without it. The reader is enlightened by a profound philosophy, such as the Buddhist philosophy, and by philosophers representing different cultures and disciplines, such as Krishnamurti and Rousseau. Then the reader will be amazed to enter a totally different field on the theme. That is the learning of the Vedda people.

An interpretation of the concept of learning in association with the Vedda people, who can be considered a hidden part of the Sri Lankan society, reveals another perspective that is clear from the book. As pointed out by Dambane Gunawardena, the table on page 95 comparing formal education and Vedda learning should be considered as a significant aspect when considering modern education reforms.

The book concludes by emphasizing the need to look at education with an open eye and the need to address educational issues in the light of the various currents expressed in the book. The references for each chapter are also included at the end of the book, giving the reader the opportunity to pursue further research on the subject.

Reviewed by Dr Godvin Kodituwakku (Former Deputy Director General, National Institute of Education)