Fifteen-year-old Kalani Disanayaka is the eldest daughter in a family of three girls, which means she has many responsibilities on her shoulders since she was a child. Her two younger sisters look up to her as a role model to follow. Kalani’s father works for the Sri Lanka Army as a civilian minor-employee, while her mother is a housewife. With the income the family obtains from the father’s employment, the family tries their utmost to provide the best possible education for the three girls.
Kalani is one of the brightest students in her public school, Central College, Rambewa. Since she is very eager to learn English, she decided to study in the English medium which is a big challenge for most of the students of her village. But she is determined to achieve her goal of becoming a teacher of English once she completes her education. She is sitting for the GCE Ordinary Level (OL) examination in 2021, a national level exam Sri Lankan students sit for before entering GCE Advanced Level (AL.)
Kalani hopes to study languages in the Arts Stream for the GCE Advanced Level. Her favorite languages are English and Japanese. Since there are no teachers for the Japanese language at her present public school, she has to enter a public school in Anuradhapura town. This means she will have to spend extra money on private tuition classes, traveling and maybe boarding fees to stay in Anuradhapura town.
Kalani was among the first set of students to join Horizon Academy in Ukkulankulama, Anuradhapura. Here she studies the English language from local and foreign volunteer teachers.