Radhika Nilupulee Rajapaksha
Mr. Saddha Mangala Sooriyabandara of Rupavahini, the National TV of Sri Lanka visited Horizon Lanka about two months ago. He organized a program with the Horizon staff and the senior students. Then Mr. Sooriyabandara visited Horizon with a team to do a documentary on Horizon Lanka Foundation. That was an eight-member team consisting of the Director, Mr. Saddha Mangala Sooriyabandara, Assistant Director Mr. Palitha, cameraman, Mr. Wasantha, lighting technician, Mr. Hemantha, sound technician, Mr. Mohan, the assistants, Mr. Dhanushka, Mr. Roopasiri and their driver.
The first day was spent on checking the equipment and other initial preparations. They could do only that because it was evening when they arrived at Horizon Lanka. They organized the second day session with the staff and senior students of Horizon Lanka.
Second day they all came to the Horizon in the morning and their program was to do a videos at Ruvini’s, Iresha’s and mine. So, we all got together and first we decided to go to the rice fields to video how we work in the rice fields. We worked in the rice fields as farmers. Then we came to my place and I explained to them the history of Horizon Lanka, how I work with my laptop, how I design websites and how I manage all these things while studying. Then we went to Iresha’s house and she also talked about what she does with her laptop and how the Horizon helps her. Next, Ruvini also explained how we got our laptops, and what we do with them.
Second day was a very enjoyable day because the first scene was videoed at the Mahawilachchiya tank. The scene was about how Horizon students travel by a cart with the brand-new laptops. Then they came to Horizon and the TV team wanted to record how the Horizon’s first batch of students learned English and computer skills. After that they wanted to know how we learn English by watching DVDs with English subtitles, how we do sports also and how we use the gym at Horizon. So, the team videoed these things as well. Second day was gone so nicely and we had then become very comfortable to work with the team.
Third day was the last day. Mr. Sooriyabandara and the team came to Horizon and they videoed the pre-school and how the lessons at Horizon Lanka Academy were conducted. In the evening the parents got together and it was a useful occasion for Mr. Saddha to video the parents’ comments. And then they wanted to have details about how Horizon students come to Horizon. Finally, they videoed how the computer lessons were conducted and how senior students helped these lessons. Mr. Wanninayaka, the Founder of the Horizon, too, did voice recording with them.
Finally, the National TV team said goodbye to us in the evening.
We would like to thank to Mr. Saddha Mangala Sooriyabandara and the team for doing a documentary about us. It will give a big publicity and I think the team opened us a way to peep into the future with better hopes. The program will be telecast soon and you all can watch what Horizon Lanka actually is.