Gateway, one of Sri Lanka’s largest and most trusted educational organisations, is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. Founded by renowned educationist, R. I. T. Alles, and currently spearheaded by his son, Dr. Harsha Alles, Gateway has emerged to be a leader in education providing high quality learning to thousands of students in Sri Lanka and abroad.
During the short span of a decade and a half, the organization has established 4 International Schools, a Graduate School, a chain of 30 IT training centres in all districts of the country, 28 English Language learning centres, 8 centres of Speech and Drama, a software consultancy firm and many other educational entities in Sri Lanka. Gateway also has a chain of Kindergartens in Oxford, UK. Gateway’s school based ICT program has so far been introduced to 12 countries in 3 continents.
Provision of learning of the highest global standards while retaining the culture of the land was the raison d’etre for the establishment of Gateway in 1997. As an international school in a Sri Lankan environment, Gateway has taken meaningful initiatives to inculcate in the minds of students, a sense of belonging and love for the nation and respect for its norms and values. In a multi-cultural and a multi-religious setting, it is heartening to see Gateway students pay respect to the customs of one another irrespective of the community they belong to. The student teacher relationship in the school is essentially friendly and the management style is firm, friendly and fair.
Gateway Colleges are located in Colombo, Kandy and Negombo with the main campus in Colombo spread over a 4 acre land in the Country’s capital - Sri Jayawardenapura. The newest addition, the primary school located in Colombo 4, is planned to be expanded in to Secondary level. The land and buildings of all schools are fully owned by the institution and are located conveniently and provide state of the art facilities. Gateway Colleges that provide education from Play Group (2 ½ years upwards) to Advance Level, follow the British system of education.
Students are encouraged to engage themselves in a variety of charitable and social service activities. The organization itself, through its CSR arm, the ‘Gateway HANDS Foundation’ has carried out many initiatives. They include the re-building of tsunami devastated C.W.W.Kannangara School in Galle. On the 17th of December, 2005, when Gateway handed over the newly re-built school to the Government of Sri Lanka, they were the first organization to complete a fully fledged school within a year after tsunami. More recently, Gateway took over the management of Achievers’, a school for children with learning differences situated in Colombo 5 as their principal CSR project.
Having strengthened their position in the Primary and Secondary sectors, Gateway opened new horizons in tertiary education 3 years ago, through its Graduate School that has links with reputed International Universities in New Zealand, UK and Australia. With its main campus in Colombo and branches in Kandy and Negombo, it is a perfect gateway to international degrees and diplomas.
Gateway offers a variety of internationally certified courses for young learners, teen-agers, school leavers and adults through Gateway Kids School of Computing, Gateway Centre for Information Technology, Gateway Language Centre and Gateway School of Speech and Drama. Courses are available in the areas of basic skills development, academic development, professional and career enhancement.
A series of activities is planned to be held throughout the year to celebrate the quindecennial in grandeur. Gateway College Kandy has organised a Choir Festival on 21st January 2012 which will also also coincide with the opening of their new Auditorium. Gateway College Colombo has organized an exhibition and a fair on 27th and 28th of January, to be held at the college premises in Rajagiriya.