Our first Sir Lankan learning center, BOOKBRIDGE Skills Learning Centre Bandarawela, started its journey just eight months ago. The key determination of the learning center is to design courses to meet the needs of the young generation in Bandarawela to discover their talents and develop their personality in order to become a self-determined member of the community and be prepared for the job market.
“Find Yourself” course is a unique course designed as a high-quality and personalized education. It has a strong focus on English language-based training plus personality development, career guidance, life skills, as well as new media (internet and the usage of social media in daily lives) to meet the demands of the job market. It is designed as a six month course.
The 1st batch of the course almost reached their final stages. During the course, many students started improving in all the expected areas meaning that the course started creating impact in the community as expected. The students who are following this course found their real potential and their career vision. They already started the journey towards their vision. Here are some examples:
Kugasri is the very 1st registered student of this learning center. When he was joining the course, he was very quiet and always doubtful of his skills. He always had a hesitation to participate in conversations. In the course, he improved a lot in both English speaking and grammar. Since he is coming from a teacher family with his mother and sister being teachers, he had a natural talent of teaching. So, we chose him to train him as a trainee English teacher for the kids’ courses at the learning center. Today, he is one of the most child friendly teachers in the center.
Hasitha Pradeep (left)
Hasitha was the 2nd student registered during the the opening ceremony in June 2016. He was a shy little boy when he joined the course. After a couple of months he appeared as one of the favourites in the class. He started exploring his needs while showing a huge improvement in his English. When he was in his 4th month, he applied for the International Airline and Aviation College. Today he’s following a Ground Operation course completely in English in this college.
Manel Priyangika (right)
Working as a pre-school teacher, Manel had a strong desire to improve her English to begin her own pre-school in the future. She was very quiet and much afraid to get up and give a speech in the early stages of the course. She gradually began giving some very good speeches in the class. Today she took the 1st step towards her dream by starting after-school English classes for kids. She expressed her gratitude to the learning center saying, the center built her confidence to restart her life with new energy.
Rajendran is an experienced professional who joined the course to change his job to a hotel trade. He joined all adult courses continuously for 3 months to improve his English speaking skills and his life skills. When he was in his 3rd month, he was able to get through a job interview in a leading hotel in Ella and got the job there in the following month.
Apart from these 4 students, most of the students of the first course have also reached the expected improvement and they are moving forward in search of their dream.
Presently, BOOKBRIDGE Skills Learning Centre is training its 2nd and 3rd batches of the “Find Yourself” course. The second batch is in their 4th month while the 3rd batch is completing their 1st month. Both courses are a comprise of young school leavers and most of them are waiting for their university entrants. BOOKBRIDGE Skills Learning Centre has a high expectations on these 2 batches, believing that each of the student will fly high in their life and bring major changes to their community.