Sri Lanka Technical College
Lasallian Educational Institute
Diyagala Boys' Town
Where All Began
OUR STORY BEGINS WITH A HALF CENTURY TALE
First Batch Of Trainees Fully Qualified at the Sri Lanka Technical Institute Diyagala Boys Town
Sri Lanka Technical Institute & Diyagala Boys’ Town, was born out of the educational vision of St.John Baptist De La Salle, the founder of the congregation of De La Salle brothers, better known as Christian Brothers. He was a great educationist in the 17th century.
The Supreme mission of the congregation is to give education, especially to the poor. Boys' town was founded on 30th April 1963 under the vision of Very Rev. Bro. Vincent Gottwald, then Provincial Visitor and the founder being Rev. Bro. Hemlenegild Joseph.
With the financial funding from De La Salle Congregation a Youth Center was established to take care of vulnerable Youth i.e. Orphans, Single parent youth, and the Youth of poorest families. From the inception the training was based on Residential training on selected technical training with character development for a Period of four (4) years. By seeing the good work carried out to these vulnerable Youth to bring them to the main stream of society, many international/civil Organizations supported this institution and enabled to expand its services to different fields of technical trainings and to increase the intake.
Boys' Town Diyagala
Diyagala Boys' Town has been founded to assist in every manner and extent possible the underprivileged, handicapped, Orphans, single parent children, victims of war and otherwise abandoned youth of Sri Lanka, irrespective of caste, creed or race, between the ages of 15 -20 years enabling them to secure a decent place in society. The training lasts for 4 years. An intensive practical training in Technology, Farming, Agriculture and other useful trades, are given to the resident lads to fit them to become responsible, useful and duly employed or self employed citizens of the country, who instead of being a burden, will be of service to the state, to others and themselves in later life.
Understanding the limited space for technical training for vulnerable Youth during the post independent period, Late Rev Bros Vincent Gottwald and Hermenegild Joseph of De La Salle Congregation initiated the idea of establishing a center for vulnerable Youth and Diyagala Boys’ Town Ragama was the realization of the dream in 1963.
The Diyagala Boys' Town Complex has been planned and equipped to cater to the various aspirations, talents and capabilities of the different types of boys we admit. Our trainees learn to do the basic and practical aspect of the normal life economy and can also become more qualified for any of the jobs having their preferences.
The trainees are all resident thereby making the Institution and it precincts a small city, where lads of all races are trained to live in harmony.
“Confident Youth a Better World"
"Formation of Youth from underprivileged and needy families, guiding them to enrich themselves for a meaningful life with a positive mind set by providing them an effective learning environment at Diyagala Boys Town"
“Deeds Not Words"
Boys' Town Legal Status
Diyagala Boys’ Town is an Approved Charity by the Government of Sri Lanka under Gazette Notification No. 14860 dated 27th June 1969. Also it is registered with Department of Social Services of Sri Lanka and with the National Vocational Training Authority to conduct accepted technical courses and to award certificates on specific Technical training fields.
Sri Lanka Technical Institute & Diyagala Boys’ Town, was born out of the educational vision of St.John Baptist De La Salle, the founder of the congregation of De La Salle brothers, better known as Christian Brothers. He was a great educationist in the 17th century. The Supreme mission of the congregation is to give education, specially to the poor. The Boys' town was founded on 30th April 1963 under the vision of Very Rev. Bro. Vincent Gottwald, then Provincial Visitor and the founder being Rev. Bro. Hemlenegild Joseph.
Sri Lanka Technical College
Diyagala Boys’ Town extend its hand to most vulnerable Youth in the society i.e. Orphans, destitute, single parent, and poorest of the poor. They are being introduced to the center by Govt./Religious/civil institutions, certifying the vulnerability of their social environment for admission.
These are the Youth if neglected and left to themselves are the most attracted to anti-social elements that harm the total society. The Youth are given a four (4) year in house training designed in a manner based on individual talents and skills to enhance job opportunity/self employment on completion of their training period. To-date the center is pleased that almost all passed outs are either employed/self employed leading a meaningful life making their positive contribution to the society and to the Nation
Most of the trainees, 15 years of age or more are either school dropouts or not attended school at all, hence the center curriculum is designed to give required knowledge and skills in achieving the full potentials to face the needs of the open society. The following are added to the curriculum, which begins with Basic Training course.
Education- trainees are offered basic reading/writing/speaking in all three languages, basic arithmetic, religion they believe and mostly general knowledge. They are also offered life skills, (sports, Music, Western Band etc.) positive thinking/attitudes and social behavior. The computer center provides basic knowledge on IT information for trainees.
Training on turning out and repairing home and industrial furniture.
Motor Rewinding Training:
Training on house wiring
Industrial wiring laying cables
Repairs to electrical items.
Training on auto repairs and maintenance.
Training is provided on all type of welding and this is a very popular training as all pass outs have a job due to the demand in this field
Lathe and Milling Training:
These industry fields are very popular due to the demand in the job market.
Turning out parts wheels machine
School of Agriculture provide specialized training.
Training on main crops
Traditional and nontraditional crops
Animal husbandry i.e. Dairy, Piggery, Goats, Poultry etc.
Bakery and pastry making-Bakery operations and preparation of shorts eats.
The Sri Lanka Technical Institute & Diyagala Boy’s Town, Ragama, Sri Lanka is a socio/charitable Institute a project registered with the Department of Social Services (No: GAMPAHA 14/82 of 26/10/82) and Gazetted as an approved Charity by Sri Lanka Gazette No: 14860 of 27th June 1969. It is involved in performing services of charity by the formation of marginalized and under privileged male youth between the ages of 15 and 18 years