We are very proud to announce the opening of our very first learning center in Sri Lanka. Congratulations to Community Hero Sujitha, the GMP+3 Team and our partner The Sri Lankan Scouts for this historic milestone!
One year ago, Sri Lanka was still a dream. Following a field visit in September, we proudly celebrated our first Sri Lankan Community Hero. Since January, the team of our 3rd General Management Plus Program developped a compelling vision for the learning center: to make the future shine for the people in Bandarawela. Two months later, they pitched their business plan to an external investor – with success! Three weeks later, they found themselves in Bandarawela to implement the business plan on-site, leading into an opening ceremony attended by ministers and members of the Sri Lankan parliament: Hon. Ravindra Samaraweera, Minister of Labor and Trade Union Relations, Hon. Vadivel Suresh Member of Parliament, Hon. Chaminda Wijesiri Member of Parliament and Hon. Harin Fernando, Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure.
“SKILLS Learning Center” offers life skill courses according to the locally-felt community need for a minimal fee. The center is designed to meet the needs of the Bandarawela young generation to discover their talent and develop their personality in order to become a self-determined member of the community.
SKILLS Learning Center will provide high-quality and personalized education, with a strong focus on language based training across all levels, personality development classes, as well as courses for new media (Internet and the usage of social media in daily lives).
The learning center is run by local teachers, who are supported by a team of senior executives from the WHU Dusseldorf, the BOOKBRIDGE foundation through its network and the Sri Lankan Scouts Association.
The first students have signed up for the course offerings. Among them, students can develop their personal vision on what they would like to do in their lives. We keep the fingers crossed for Sujitha, her team and her learning center!