Nimanditha Disanayaka – Profile

Sixteen-year-old Nimanditha Disanayaka is a young girl who grew up in the rural village of Mahawilachchiya, Anuradhapura.  She is the eldest child of a family of three girls, which means she has many responsibilities on her shoulders. Her parents are farmers and they try their best to provide the best education they can afford, but her chances of higher education will depend mainly on her ability to improve and perfect her English language skills. Nimanditha has set her sights on becoming a Graphic and Web Designer in the future. At present, she is sitting for the GCE Ordinary Level examination, a national level exam Sri Lankan students sit for before entering GCE Advanced Level.

Nimanditha when she was 13

Nimanditha was the first student to join Horizon Academy in Mahawilachchiya after it resumed its academic activities in July 2014 where she studied English language, ICT and enjoyed being part of the singing and dancing teams as well. Apart from this, she was good at sports too. She joined the Horizon Academy at the tender age of 11. Since the Horizon Academy in Mahawilachchiya closed its chapter in August 2018 (seven Horizon Academies are in operation in other districts), she missed her English and ICT education for the past 16 months. But she is determined to make it up by following a 2-month ‘crash course’ in English language studies in early January 2020 and then an ICT course thereafter.

Nimanditha wants to do Languages in Arts Stream for the Advanced Level for 2020-2022 academic years including English, Hindi, and Japanese languages. According to her, the main inspiration for her to study Japanese was the Japanese volunteer Mr. Yoshihiro Uemura who stayed at her home when she was a kid. She plans to live and work in Japan someday. Her love to learn Hindi came from the fun she had danced to Hindi songs. She also can sing in Hindi.

Having seen Nimanditha’s talents on YouTube and heard about her from us, a Sri Lankan professional living in Australia sponsored Nimanditha’s English course at the British Way English Academy in Anuradhapura with a donation of 25,000 LKR (138 USD | 125 EUR) today as her full course fee.

Nimanditha dancing with Chandler from the USA for the dance Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”

Nimanditha and the friends dancing to the song “Marina” by Rocco Granata

Nimanditha and friends dancing for the song “Gangnam Style” by PSY

Nimanditha and friends dancing for the song “Waka Waka” by Shakira

Nimanditha and Chandler from USA dancing for the song “Lambada” by Kaoma

Nimanditha, Chandler, and friends dancing for the song “Livin La Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin 

Nimanditha and her friends dancing for the song “Surangana Wes Wala” by Clarence Wijewardena

Nimanditha and her friends dancing for the song “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini” by Brian Hyland.

Nimanditha and her friends dancing for the song “Taal Se Taal Mila” from the Bollywood movie Taal.

Nimanditha and her friends are dancing for the song “Macarena” by Los Del Rio.

Nimanditha and her friends dancing for the song “Barso Re Megha Megha” from the Bollywood movie Guru.

Nimanditha and her friends dancing for the song “Dethata Walalu” by Neela Wickramasinghe.

Nimanditha and her friends dancing for the song “Mr. Boombastic” by Shaggy.

Nimanditha and her friends dancing for the song “Ran Pokunen” by Priyankara Perera.

Nimanditha and her friends dancing the Welcome Dance.