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We strive to mould the students to be responsible future citizens, while sharpening their skills and competence to reach greater heights, with ability to solve problems being free thinking, problem solvers and decision makers and to be active participants in the affairs of the society and yet, at the same time to be tolerant and honest in all spheres of activity they embark upon.

Yoshida Shokanji International School is located in a picturesque landscaped area in Sapugaskanda, Makola. Most Venerable Banagala Upatissa Nayake Thero, Chief Sangha Nayake of Japan and the Chairman of Mahabodhi Society of Sri Lanka, commenced operations of Yoshida Shokanji International School in the year 2000. The school now has more than 1200 pupils from Nursery to Advanced Level, teaching both National Curriculum as well as Cambridge Curriculum.

YSIS is a unique educational establishment fostering Buddhist ethos and tradition whilst encouraging a multi-religious, multi-ethnic environment. It also conducts annual field trips, social activities and religious programmes.
Moving ahead in the educational sphere, in keeping with its objectives, the school has already progressed action for the introduction of the Cambridge curriculum by commencing extensive training for teachers under the tutelage of a panel of instructors affiliated to University of Cambridge International Examinations Board.

Plans are afoot to establish a vocational training center which should provide training courses in media and journalism, teacher training, Information Communication Technology, English, speech and drama, personality development amongst other subjects.

vision & mission


Strives to educate and empower students, developing the full potential of every student through quality education in a spiritual environment.


We are dedicated to the individual development of attitudes, skills, knowledge and responsibility essential for successful achievement in school and society. Our aim is to provide a holistic learning environment that empowers children to reach their educational, spiritual and personal potential while nurturing their self- confidence and self-esteem.

Our Purpose

At Yoshida we are endeavour to develop the following in our students:
· The desire to learn and the ability to maximise their educational opportunities.

· The capacity to grow academically, socially, emotionally, physically and creatively to their full potential.

· Develop a social conscience, recognising the importance of contributing to his/ her family, school and the wider community.

brief history

Brief history of our institute

  • 1979

    Our Humble Beginnings

    “The Yoshida Educational and Social Service Foundation”, founded by Venerable Banagala Upatissa Nayaka Thero with the patronage of Madam Takiko Yoshida has heretofore been established at Sapugaskanda, Sri Lanka.

  • 26th June 1979

    Yoshida Nursery Institute was born

    Considering the sons and daughters of Sri Lanka her own, Madam Yoshida offered to establish the first nursery in Sapugaskanda. 

  • 05th January 2000

    Yoshida Shokanji International School was founded

    on the 05th January, 2000 the Yoshida International School was declared open to mark the 50th birthday of Most Ven. Banagala Upatissa Nayaka Thero in Sapugaskanda.

  • August 2012

    New Management

    In year 2012 a new management took over the school envisioning higher educational standards and offering more core subjects to our student community. 

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   Chairman's message

Most Ven. Banagala Upatissa Nayaka Thero


It gives me immense satisfaction in writing this introductory message.

The purpose of establishing Yoshida Shokanji International School was to provide an opportunity for children to receive an education in the English Medium in a conductive atmosphere that is consistent with the most modern trends in education at the Primary and Secondary School Levels.

It was also my intention to provide this facility in the context of preserving the traditional values in Sri Lanka cultural and religious heritage.

The school also provides facilities for extracurricular activities including sports required to ensure the physical well being of the child. Hence the school has provision for indoor and outdoor sports including swimming.

An education in the English Medium will provide the child with not only a glimpse into the world at large but will also make them robust citizens of the global village. However it is equally necessary that this process does not alienate the child from our traditional roots.

I can confidently state that the school provides a healthy synthesis of the new frontiers of education and our ingrained national ethos

The management

Mrs. Ambapali Sikurajapathy

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Hemakumara Gunasekera

Executive Director

Brigadier Udaya Aryaratne


Mrs. Jinani Pothupitiya

Vice Principal