Learning from Songs at Horizon Lanka

Truong Thi Bich Trang

Truong Thi Bich Trang

Learning at Horizon Lanka is full of fun. Our teachers use songs, movies, audio books, videos, dancing, sports, etc. to teach us. So, we never get bored here like in other places of education.

Today Miss Truong Thi Bich Trang taught us an English lesson with Backstreet Boys’ popular song “As Long As You Love Me.” It was full of fun. Each of us got a printed paper of lyrics of the song and we learnt the meaning of the song from Miss Trang. She can sing beautifully. We also sang with her. We want to learn more songs here.

Kavindu Madusanka Gunapala – Grade 8 – kavindu@horizonlanka.org

One of the singers of the Backstreet Boys on the screen
One of the singers of the Backstreet Boys on the screen
Horizon Lanka students learning from the song
Horizon Lanka students learning from the song
Horizon Lanka students learning from the song
Horizon Lanka students learning from the song

Dinidu, Nuwan and Kumari Samaranayake from the United States Visit Horizon Lanka

Dinidu Samaranayake

Dinidu Samaranayake

We are very happy today because Mr. Nuwan Samaranayake, Mrs. Kumari Samaranayake and their only son Dinidu Samaranayake from the United States of America visited us in the evening. We had already heard from Mr. Nanda Wanninayaka that the Samaranayakes had helped Horizon Lanka earlier too when the former students studied here. But this is the first time we saw them. They are a nice family. They spent their whole afternoon time with us. We learnt a lot from Dinidu. He taught us how to do basic programming with “Scratch” programming and the Minecraft game.  We also learnt how to work with his iPad and robot. He also sang the song “Nothing is impossible.”

Mr. Nuwan Samaranayake is a software engineer in the USA. He is also a good photographer. Mrs. Samaranayake also is a software engineer at IBM, USA. Dinidu is a student in Grade 6. He is full of fun. We like him a lot. They also did a financial donation and also gifted us a robot unit and some other equipment for us to learn. Hope they will visit us again.

Tharani Madhara Rathnayaka – Grade 6 – tharani@horizonlanka.org

 

Dinidu Samaranayake teaching Scratch programming to Horizon Lanka students
Dinidu Samaranayake teaching Scratch programming to Horizon Lanka students
Dinidu Samaranayake singing Nothing is Impossible
Dinidu Samaranayake singing Nothing is Impossible
Dinidu Samaranayake operating the robot
Dinidu Samaranayake operating the robot
Dinidu Samaranayake teaching us with his iPad
Dinidu Samaranayake teaching us with his iPad
Dinidu Samaranayake teaching us with his iPad
Dinidu Samaranayake teaching us with his iPad
Nuwan Samaranayake teaching us computers
Nuwan Samaranayake teaching us computers
Nuwan Samaranayake chatting with the Vietnamese volunteers.
Nuwan Samaranayake chatting with the Vietnamese volunteers.
Dinidu Samaranayake with Horizon Lanka girls
Dinidu Samaranayake with Horizon Lanka girls
Saying goodbye to the Samaranayake family
Saying goodbye to the Samaranayake family

Graphic Designing Lessons from the Vietnamese Volunteers

Truong Thi Bich Trang

Truong Thi Bich Trang

We love graphic designing. We had learnt the basics of Adobe Photoshop from our former teachers Dhananjaya Wijewickrama and Prarthana Sewwandi Wijerathna. After they left us to pursue higher education we had no one to teach us graphic designing. But with the arrival of the young Vietnamese volunteers recently now we are learning Photoshop again. Yesterday Miss Truong Thi Bich Trang taught us some good Photoshop lessons. Miss Nguyen Thi Hue Mr. Tran Minh Quan helped us practice those lessons. We love Photoshop. If anyone who is good at graphic designing, please come to Horizon Lanka during a weekend and teach us. We can provide you food and accommodation free. 10 years ago we got a lot of groups of university undergraduates, IT company employees, members of Sri Lankan Diaspora who came here and taught these lessons to our former students. Some of those students are professional graphic designers today and even have their own enterprises by now. Hope you too can help us. Please contact us at info@horizonlanka.org for more details.

Surendra Heshan Karunathilaka – Grade 8 – surendra@horizonlanka.org

Miss Nguyen Thi Hue helping students at Horizon Lanka
Miss Nguyen Thi Hue helping students at Horizon Lanka
Mr. Tran Minh Quan helping students at Horizon Lanka
Mr. Tran Minh Quan helping students at Horizon Lanka

Photoshop Lesson

Donate a Fully Automatic Washing Machine for Horizon Lanka

Donate a Fully Automatic Washing Machine for Horizon Lanka

Vietnamese volunteers

The Horizon Lanka Foundation is looking for donations to put toward a washing machine for our school. On June 10, 2016, we were fortunate to have four young volunteers from Vietnam – Tidus, Quan, Trang, Hue – to help us out at Horizon. They donated 25,000 LKR (171.75 USD / 154.68 EUR) – a half price of a fully automatic washing machine – as advanced money to order a new washing machine. A fully automatic washing machine costs around 50,000 LKR (343.50 USD / 309.37 EUR.) It would be great if you could donate the rest 25,000 LKR (171.75 USD / 154.68 EUR) for us to buy it.

In the near future, details are being currently being finalized; the Horizon Lanka students will be getting uniforms. We will wear these uniforms while playing sports, dancing, and engaging in other physical activities. That said, a washing machine will help tremendously in keeping these uniforms clean in an efficient manner. Otherwise, students will need to take their uniforms to the river and wash them by hand, taking up time that could be used for studying or completing household chores.

The Vietnamese volunteers want to see future volunteers and students also to use this. A washing machine will save them from the tedious task of washing their clothes by hand in the river. It will allow the volunteers to instead spend their time with the children and other members of the community. We greatly appreciate all the support from the local and international community and especially the former Horizon Lanka volunteers in this. Without your continued support we would not have achieved what we achieved by now with the Horizon Lanka Foundation. Please contribute to us either through our online crowdfunding page or using our bank account.

These are our bank account details.

Account Name: Horizon Lanka Foundation

Account Number: 76639179

Bank: Bank of Ceylon

Branch: Pemaduwa

SWIFT CODE: BCEYLKLX

If you need more information, please send an email to info@horizonlanka.org or call one of the two numbers below.

Dialog  Mobile Local: 077-7702678 / Dialog  Mobile IDD : 0094-77-7702678

Mobitel Mobile Local: 071-8508537 / Mobitel Mobile IDD: 0094-71-8508537

Prabodha Sandeepani Kalotuwawa prabodha@horizonlanka.org Grade 8, Horizon Lanka Academy.

Dang Thanh Tam - Tidus Fair
Dang Thanh Tam – Tidus Fair with Horizon Lanka students
Vietnamese volunteers with Horizon Lanka students
Vietnamese volunteers with Horizon Lanka students
Vietnamese volunteers with Horizon Lanka students
Vietnamese volunteers with Horizon Lanka students

 

Eckova Productions’s Video on Horizon Lanka – ChildPlay International Event

dancers

dancers

In September, 2014 Rehan Allahwala introduced me Mr. Sarwar Mushtaq, a documentary filmmaker, the CEO of Eckova Productions, Pakistan in turn who introduced me Dr. Steven Watson, a revered author from the USA. Dr. Watson pools the income he gets from the sales of his books to a non-profit organization called ChildsPlay International, which promotes outdoor activities like folk games, folk songs, folk dances, storytelling, drawing and painting, mask making, etc. to get the children actively involved in education. This went in par with our vision, though we hardly used folk stuff for it as we wanted to use contemporary forms of arts, sports and new technology to get the students engaged in outdoor activities. But after the event we had together at Horizon Lanka in Mahawilachchiya, now we understand that preserving the folk forms of arts and sports also can be used in education. Both students and the parents love it.

Here you can see the final product as a beautiful video. This is the final product of the whole event.

You can also see some extended footage of the event below.