Horizon Lanka Foundation Launches Horizon Academy – Ranpathvila on November 01, 2017

Students at Horizon Academy in RanpathvilaHorizon Lanka Foundation (HLF) starts its flagship academic institute, the fourth branch of Horizon Academy in Ranpathvila, Kahatagasgidiliya, Anuradhapura tomorrow, November 01, 2017. The HLF started its first Horizon Academy in Mahawilachchiya in August 01, 1998 (19 years ago) and the second on May 01, 2017 in Tantirimale (5 months ago) and the third on September 01, 2017 in Anuradhapura City (one month ago) and have plans to start its 5th branch in Ralapanawa, Nochchiyagama, Anuradhapura on December 01, 2017.

The idea of starting a Horizon Academy in Ranpathvila is quite abrupt, unexpected and interesting. My eldest brother, Nayanasena Wanninayake who works as a civil engineer in the United Arab Emirates (and also a Sinhala lyrycyst) shared a story on Facebook about a young and energetic Sinhala teacher (Mr. Sugath Nayanananda) who contributed to a free nightly school classes program at Welusuamana Maha Vidyalaya, Thammannewa, Mihintale, Anuradhapura under the blessings of the then principal of the school Mrs. Lalana Dimuthu Wijayanganai. (She is the principal of Kahatagasdigiliya Central College now and continues the nightly school there too.) The subjects covered in this very productive program were Sinhala, English, science, mathematics, history, ICT and aesthetic subjects. The results of the program were amazing and the students’ pass rates at the national level exam GCE Ordinary Level usually taken by students during the final two years of Senior Secondary School [Grade 10 & 11 (usually ages 15–16)] improved significantly and both Welusuamana Maha Vidyalaya and Kahatagasdigiliya Central College successfully continue the program. I visited Welusuamana Maha Vidyalaya on my personal capacity a few weeks ago and met the staff and I am yet to visit Kahatagasdigiliya Central College.

Having shared the information about Sugath’s contribution to this exceptional program, my brother asked me if I could help them academically in any way possible. Since I have an “unending emotional bond” to the area and I saw this is a perfect program for Horizon Lanka to be of some service to the region, I had a couple of meetings with Sugath and we both decided to start a Horizon Academy branch in Ranpathvila where the students from Kahatagasdigiliya and Mihintale have easy access to since it is situated in the Anuradhapura – Trincomalee main road. There are around 10-15 smaller rural schools in the area and hopefully those students too could join Horizon Academy – Ranpathvila.

So, please share this story with the students and the youth in the adjoining areas and tell them to join Horizon Academy at their earliest. The Academy starts officially tomorrow (November 01, 2017) at 3.00 pm and the course fees for the first month (November) will be completely free of charge and there will be a fee of 500 LKR per student for a range of subjects from English to ICT to robotics to aesthetics subjects to sports.

So, come and join us at Horizon Academy, The First and Only Edutainment Academy of Sri Lanka. Miss Melissa Schmitt from France has joined the institute as the first foreign volunteer at the Academy.

Contact Mr. Sugath Nayanananda, the Manager of Horizon Academy – Ranpathvila at sugath@horizonlanka.org through email and on 077-4499924 or 071-4299924 on mobile or Mr. Namal Thissa, the English Teacher of the academy at namal@horizonlanka.org and on 077-4546484 or 071-9937398.

So, see you at Horizon Academy – Ranpathvila tomorrow at 3.00 pm.

Thanks to my brother Nayanasena Wanninayaka for making this connection which will in turn do a big difference in the education in the area. Let’s hope for the best.

Nanda Wanninayaka

Nanda, Madhu, Sugath, Melissa and Quentin at a meeting at Namal's house.
Nanda, Madhu, Sugath, Melissa and Quentin at a meeting at Namal’s house.
Sugath Nayanananda introducing the Horizon Academy program to students in Ranpathvila on September 26, 2017
Sugath Nayanananda introducing the Horizon Academy program to students in Ranpathvila on September 26, 2017
Nanda Wanninayaka introducing the Horizon Academy program to students in Ranpathvila on September 26, 2017
Nanda Wanninayaka introducing the Horizon Academy program to students in Ranpathvila on September 26, 2017
Students at the first awareness event at Ranpathvila on September 26, 2017
Students at the first awareness event at Ranpathvila on September 26, 2017
A statue of Gog Aiyanayaka, a regional god with an elephant head and trunk traditionally respected by villagers in Dry Zone of Sri Lanka
A statue of Gog Aiyanayaka, a regional god with an elephant head and trunk traditionally respected by villagers in Dry Zone of Sri Lanka