Do you know about Mr. C.W.W Kannangara? He was one of the most intelligent persons in Sri Lanka, who had real vision to develop education sector in our country without considering social differences. We called him as Father of Sri Lankan education because of his great vision, now everyone has right to obtain free education from Government Schools.
Crestoper William Wijekoon Kannangara was born on 13th October in 1884 in Gall district in southern province in Sri Lanka. His father’s was Daniel Wijekoon Kannangara, the Deputy Fiscal Officer in the Balapitiya Court and his mother’s name was Emily Wijesinghe. He obtained is primary education from temple that may have helped him to change his person attitudes. For the higher education he attended Wesleyan Missionary in Ambalangoda. He was able to show his intelligence at this school. Prize giving event was organized by the school and they had invited principle of Galle Richman collage as their chief gust. Kannangara won many prizes than other students. He was able to become as most intelligent and best student of the school. Richmond’s Principle Darrel talked with him and opened his school door for this great student.
He was the all-round student in the Richmand collage. Captain of school cricket team, member of debate and soccer team made real platform to won more colors in the school for his great performance. After leaving school, he taught Mathematics first at Richmond College and then Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa and Wesley College, Colombo. While teaching he studied law. He passed out as an Attorney at law in 1910. He set up his first law practice in Galle the same year. He married Edith de Alwis Edrisinha in 1922.
After selected to state council he was appointed as minister of Education. Doing his job in a right way thought he had more challengers he was able to open education door for every one without considering their Cast, Religion, Economy or social status. By dint of his vision, More intelligent people were generated for our society.