Tuesday, 10 June 2014 00:25
National television, Rupavahini Corporation in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Unilever Sri Lanka will launch a groundbreaking national quiz competition that will both test and enhance the multiple intelligences of school children and revive the appeal of reality educational programs among viewers.
The quiz program will be based on renowned American psychologist and Professor of Cognition and Education, Howard Earl Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligence which argues that intelligent behaviour does not arise from a single general ability but numerous different ways of thinking and learning. Therefore, children learn, remember, perform and understand in different ways.
“As the custodian of the future generation’s knowledge base, we are happy to be associated with an educational quiz program which will steer our younger generation towards participating and viewing knowledge based entertainment,” Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena said.
Every child is born with an inherent ability. Research has identified nine intelligences in children and Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligence offers a clear and detailed explanation of this.
“According to Gardner’s theory, children get to know the world through seven distinct intelligences or learning styles which include visual, bodily, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, language and logical mathematical analysis which challenges the present day language heavy modes of instruction and assessment. However, the levels of intelligence in children vary. A serious drawback in the present system of education is the lack of learning activities that could enhance these intelligences among children. Therefore, these learner needs have been identified and strategies to meet these requirements are being activated in the present educational reforms. We believe that the Rin Bright Star quiz program will enhance the multiple intelligences of children and stimulate a change in attitudes among parents and the society at large,” the Deputy Minister of Education and Youth Affairs and the Monitoring MP of the Skills Development Ministry, Mohan Lal Grero said.
“The national channel Rupavahini has over the years since its inception in the 1980s, played host to innumerable children’s programs including singing, dancing and quiz competitions. Introducing a program to test and capture the multiple intelligence of the school child is another first for our channel,” Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation Chairman Wimal Rubasinghe said.
The competition titled ‘Rin Bright Star’ is designed to span over a period of four months and will target school kids aged between 11-15 years from all the provinces. The entry point to the show will be through a selection phase where applicants will sit an aptitude test held at a centralised location.
Selected competitors will go through quizzes structured at quarter, semi, and final rounds with the winner entitled to a cash prize of Rs. 1,000,000 of which Rs. 300,000 will be diverted to the respective school.
“Unilever believes in the philosophy of ‘doing well by doing good’. Rin believes that it is our responsibility towards the nation’s children, who are the next generation of leaders and good citizens in Sri Lanka and across the world. It is with this objective that we are sponsoring this first-of-a-kind program to enhance the knowledge levels of school children in Sri Lanka,” Unilever Sri Lanka Marketing Director – Home and Personal Care Siddharth Banerjee said.
“We are happy to take the golden opportunity of taking education at school level out of the school rooms and into a competitive arena to be viewed by the nation. The quiz program hosted by quizmaster Uddika Premaratne is a forum for the bright stars of the future generation to sharpen their skills and expand their knowledge beyond the textbooks,” Rin Brand Manager Shafraz Saleem said.