Our learning center in Bandarawela, Sri Lanka, has organized its first English Camp for a school on the countryside. The English Camp was held with the collaboration of BOOKBRIDGE Skills Learning Centre Bandarawela on 25th November. A team of the learning center, headed by Community Hero Sujitha Miranda assisted by the Administrative officer P. Satheeshraj, Trainee Teacher Kugasri Ganesh and students R. Madavan, G. Praneethraj and T. Kalairaj conducted the camp with the support of the school’s English teacher Kalpani Morin Perera and staff teachers.
Kosgama Vidyalaya is a rural primary school situated at the border of the Uva province in the Haldummulla division. The student population of 41 is supported by 14 teaching staff. Mr. W. D. Wijeratna serves as the present principal. The school operates with minimal facilities. The entire village does not have electricity. The students never had any chance to experience the world outside of her community.
Apart from course offering such as Spoken English, IT, Accounting, career guidance and life skills, Bandarawela learning center guides its students to engage in many community service activities. Among those activities, the most recent activity was the English Camp at Bd/Kosgama Vidyalaya.
When Sujitha Miranda came to know about this school, the team visited it several times to find a way to support them. Finally the English teacher of the school, Mrs. Kalpani approached them to get help for organizing an English Camp.
The team organized many activities based on basic English lessons such as matching capital and simple letters, matching words with pictures, building words, Balloon Challenge, treasure hunt, etc. The kids enjoyed the activities a lot. The program concluded with a balloon throwing game which brought laughter and fun among the children. The Principal and the staff thanked the Skills Learning Centre team for giving a wonderful experience to their students.