2016 was the first year of operations for BOOKBRIDGE in Sri Lanka. BOOKBRIDGE Sri Lanka is the newest member of the BOOKBRIDGE global family with the first Learning Center established in June of 2016. So far one Capability Program, GMP+3, has been completed in Sri Lanka with 13 European and five local candidates participating and opening the first learning center in Bandarawela. The GSE2 CAS program started in October, 2016 and will result in the opening of the 2nd LC in March 2017.
The first learning center is located in Bandarawela, Uva province by Sujitha Miranda. In 2016, the Skills Learning Center ran 41 activities with 726 participants. Sujitha has also conducted 49 courses with 463 students. Sujitha has been working hard to develop a unique program called Find Yourself, which aims to support school leavers to develop the necessary soft skills to succeed in work and life. Three parents who also started to learn English also improved very much.
One the biggest impacts of Sujitha’s Learning Center is the achievements of some of the students from the Find Yourself course. 11 students have completed this course and 5 have gone to find employment as a result of their improved communication skills and confidence. And three students have continued onto higher education. Once student, Kuga Sri Ganesh, is now employed as an intern at the learning center as a support staff member and is further developing his skills as a teacher as well as continuing to improve his English.