We Are Franchising Horizon Academy Model Supplementary Educational Institutes

We Are Franchising Horizon Academy Model Supplementary Educational Institutes


The Horizon Lanka Foundation www.horizonlanka.org (HLF) operates 5 Horizon Academies by now in Anuradhapura, Nuwara Eliya and Jaffna Districts. By the end of the year it will have two more Academies in Puttalam and Batticaloa districts. This will allow the HLF to serve all three communities in Sri Lanka namely, Sinhala, Tamil and Muslims. To replicate the Horizon Academy model, the HLF offers three different options. Of course, we are ready to compromise in terms of customizing these three models to your needs but we will not compromise the prices or the quality standards we want to retain.

Option I“Horizon – Name of the Franchisee Academy” (This should be mentioned in the Academy’s sign boards and all other documentation and the promotional material.)

The HLF offers the low-cost franchise model as the first option. Its franchisee can be an individual, a community, an association, an NGO, a commercial establishment, etc. And the franchisee has to provide the infrastructure such as building space, electricity, Wi-Fi access, water, telephone, entertaining guests and monthly maintenance costs. The franchisee also should pay the salaries for the manager, an English teacher and an ICT teacher. The HLF has the right to interview candidates for those positions first from the people the franchisee suggests, but if the HLF is not satisfied about any of those candidates, the HLF will scout for the right candidates. Both the franchisee and the HLF should try their best appoint the staff from the immediate community, failing which they can hire from outside. The salary of each three staff member would be 15,000 LKR with EPF and ETF per month. At the end of each financial year, both the Board of the HLF and that of the franchisee should decide about any possible increases of salaries and the other perks for the employees during the next year. The franchisee should also provide the computers, computers and the furniture, a laptop and a multimedia projector with a screen for the lessons and three laptops and three smart phones to the three above-mentioned employees. (They will be listed in the franchisee’s inventory and will belong to the franchise.) The Horizon Academy franchise can from its students monthly for its maintenance and if the franchisee wants to provide all its facilities free of charge to the community, it can go ahead that way. The employees will work from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm on weekdays and from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm during public school vacations.

In turn, the HLF will provide the Horizon Academy Franchise foreign volunteer teachers on a constant basis, occasional local volunteer teachers (mainly university undergraduates and other professionals from various organizations) for science, mathematics, ICT and English weekend workshops. The HLF will also provide the new franchise its syllabuses, lesson plans, teacher training, scholarships to the deserving and needy kids, sports training by both local and overseas volunteers, digital marketing and publicity through local and international media. For all these facilities, the franchisee should pay a royalty fee of 30,000 LKR monthly to the HLF.

This model of the franchise will be a fully owned subsidiary of the HLF but the franchisee shall get all the credits for everything and but it should be mentioned that the HLF is the service provider in all its signboards and promotional material.

Option II“Horizon Academy – Sponsored by The Name of the Franchisee” (This should be mentioned in the Academy’s sign boards and all other documentation and the promotional material.)

The HLF offers the middle-cost franchise model as the second option. Its franchisee can be an individual, a community, an association, an NGO, a commercial establishment, etc. And they have to provide the infrastructure such as building space, electricity, Wi-Fi access, water, telephone, entertaining guests and monthly maintenance costs. The franchisee also should pay the salaries for the manager, an English teacher and an ICT teacher. The HLF has the right to interview candidates for those positions first from the people the franchisee suggests, but if the HLF is not satisfied about any of those candidates, the HLF will scout for the right candidates. Both the franchisee and the HLF should try their best appoint the staff from the immediate community, failing which they can hire from outside. The salary of each three staff member would be 25,000 LKR with EPF and ETF per month. At the end of each financial year, both the Board of the HLF and that of the franchisee should decide about any possible increases of salaries and the other perks for the employees for the next year. The franchisee should also provide the computers, a digital camera, computers and the furniture, a laptop and a multimedia projector with a screen for the lessons and three laptops and three smart phones to the three above-mentioned employees. The Horizon Academy franchise can charge fee from its students monthly and if the franchisee wants to provide all its facilities free of charge to the community, it can go ahead that way. The employees will work from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on weekdays and during public school vacations.

In turn, the HLF will provide the Horizon Academy Franchise foreign volunteer teachers on a constant basis, occasional local volunteer teachers (mainly university undergraduates and other professionals from various organizations) for science, mathematics, ICT and English weekend workshops. The HLF will also provide the new franchise its syllabuses, lesson plans, teacher training, sports training by both local and overseas volunteers, digital marketing and publicity through local and international media. For all these facilities, the franchisee should pay a royalty fee of 60,000 LKR monthly to the HLF.

Each student of the academy will have an email ID with the academy’s website domain name and a blog page supervised by the staff. The students will be encouraged to communicate electronically with the students of the other Horizon Academies and the students of both public and private schools in the island with supervision of the staff.

This model of the franchise will be a fully owned subsidiary of the sponsoring organization and it shall get all the credits for everything and but it should be mentioned that the HLF is the service provider in all its signboards and promotional material. The HLF will design a fully operational website but the domain name and the webspace should be paid by the franchisee annually to the relevant service provider.

Option III“XXXXX Academy – Sponsored by The Name of the Franchisee” (This should be mentioned in the Academy’s sign boards and all other documentation and the promotional material.)

The HLF offers the high-cost franchise model as the third option. Its franchisee can be an individual, a community, an association, an NGO, a commercial establishment, etc. And they have to provide the infrastructure such as building space, electricity, Wi-Fi access, water, telephone, entertaining guests and monthly maintenance costs. The franchisee also should pay the salaries for the manager, an English teacher and an ICT teacher. The HLF has the right to interview candidates for those positions first from the people the franchisee suggests, but if the HLF is not satisfied about any of those candidates, the HLF will scout for the right candidates. Both the franchisee and the HLF should try their best appoint the staff from the immediate community, failing which they can hire from outside. The salary of each three staff member would be 40,000 LKR with EPF and ETF per month. At the end of each financial year, both the Board of the HLF and that of the franchisee should decide about any possible increases of salaries and the other perks for the employees for the next year. The franchisee should also provide the computers a digital still camera and a digital video camera, computers and the furniture, a laptop and a multimedia projector with a screen for the lessons and three laptops and three smart phones to the three above-mentioned employees. The Horizon Academy franchise can charge a fee from its students monthly and if the franchisee wants to provide all its facilities free of charge to the community, it can go ahead that way. The employees will work from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on weekdays and during public school vacations. The staff has to work from 9:00 am to 12:00 midday on Saturdays.

The academy’s website will have an option to attract local and foreign volunteer teachers but the franchisee has to pay for foreign volunteers’ food and lodging (10,000 LKR per month) and in the case of local volunteers, the franchisee should provide them food and lodging for their stay during weekends. The HLF will also provide the new franchise its syllabuses, lesson plans, teacher training, sports training by both local and overseas volunteers, digital marketing and publicity through local and international media. For all these facilities, the franchisee should pay a royalty fee of 120,000 LKR monthly to the HLF.

Each student of the academy will have an email ID with the academy’s website domain name and a blog page supervised by the staff. The students will be encouraged to communicate electronically with the students of the other Horizon Academies and the students of both public and private schools in the island with supervision of the staff.

This model of the franchise will be a fully owned subsidiary of sponsoring organization and it shall get all the credits for everything and there is no need of mentioning about the HLF if the franchisee doesn’t want to. The HLF will design a fully operational website but the domain name and the webspace should be paid by the franchisee annually to the relevant service provider. The HLF will design, maintain and do digital marketing with the social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr and YouTube for the academy.

Students of Horizon Academy – Kirimetiya, Nanu Oya, Nuwara Eliya
Students of Horizon Academy – Maniyanthoddam, Nallur, Sri Lanka

Horizon Academy – Kirimetiya, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka Needs Some Used Computers and a Multimedia Projector

Jan Sebelik with the students of Horizon Academy - Kirimetiya

Jan Sebelik with the students of Horizon Academy - Kirimetiya

“We need (at least) some used computers and a multimedia projector so we can easily improve our English knowledge and practice IT skills. In a small time period, we could understand better and get more knowledge in our lessons. Because Kirimetiya is an underprivileged area, many students have to use only one borrowed computer together. Many students would like to work with laptops and every student needs one computer to make their own PowerPoint presentations. We can then easily store our work in the machine and show our presentations and submit new projects. It would be easier for our teachers to teach us and time management would be easier.”

Written by R. Dhanusha (22) and S. Sharmila (27), students of Horizon Academy – Kirimetiya near Nuwara Eliya, who have finished A/L and now looking for a job.

Edited by Ms. Veronika Sykorova and Mr. Jan Sebelik from the Czech Republic, volunteering teachers at Horizon Academy

Related photos & videos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/zDLswRdvFnok49sX8 by Jan & Veronika

Ms. Veronika Sykorova with the students of Horizon Academy - Kirimetiya
Ms. Veronika Sykorova with the students of Horizon Academy – Kirimetiya

Donate “Essential English Grammar” books by Raymond Murphy for Horizon Academy – Maniyanthoddam, Jaffna, Sri Lanka

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Raymond-Murphy-Maniyanthoddam-0

From the inception that I became a teacher of the English language in 1997, I have used this book “Essential English Grammar” by Raymond Murphy, with students from ages 11 to 19 years [Grade Six to High School (Advanced Level in Sri Lanka)]. This book is inexpensive in Sri Lanka, the cost of one copy being 375 LKR or 2.23 USD, 1.89 EUR. Yet, for the most of the students at Horizon Academy – Maniyanthoddam, Jaffna, Sri Lanka, even this is beyond their parents’ means as they do not have a regular source of income, most being day laborers.

Having heard of this situation, Mr. Nalaka Jayarathne, a former student of mine from Niwaththaka Chethiya High School in Anuradhapura, now a software engineer in Singapore, sent 4,000 LKR which enabled us to buy 10 Essential English Grammar books and also one English /Tamil dictionary which usually costs 750 LKR or 45 USD, 3.79 EUR. Ten copies of this book and one dictionary were purchased (with the discount the bookshop in Jaffna offered us for buying 10 books). We distributed these books amongst the senior students who are getting ready to sit the G. C. E. Ordinary Level (a national level examination held this December.) Grade 10, 11 and 12 students. The aim is to complete this book by December. This is mainly a self-study book with ample exercises on basic English grammar. Also, local and foreign volunteer teachers will help the students. The answers and very valuable appendixes are given at the end of the book.

Since Grade 6, 7, 8 and 9 students also wanted the book – they are smarter than the senior students in English – Mr. Lionel Balasuriya, a Sri Lankan American from California, USA, also immediately sent money, sufficient for 10 Essential English Grammar books. These 20 books would be adequate for the students for the present time.

There is also another an adult women’s English class at the Horizon Academy – Maniyanthoddam, solely handled by the foreign volunteer teachers at the Academy and there are around 10 young and middle-aged women in this class. It would be ideal if anyone could please donate 4,000 LKR, [23.74 USD, 20.22 EUR] for us to buy another 10 Essential English Grammar books and one copy of the English to Simple English/Tamil dictionary too. Thank you

Nanda Wanninayaka, Founder & the Chairman of Horizon Lanka Foundation nanda@horizonlanka.org.

Happy 12th graders of Horizon Academy - Maniyanthoddam, Jaffna Sri Lanka with the “Essential English Grammar” book by Raymond Murphy.
Happy 12th graders of Horizon Academy – Maniyanthoddam, Jaffna Sri Lanka with the “Essential English Grammar” book by Raymond Murphy.
“Essential English Grammar” book by Raymond Murphy

Lessons with “Essential English Grammar” by Raymond Murphy

Lessons with “Essential English Grammar” by Raymond Murphy

Lessons with “Essential English Grammar” by Raymond Murphy

Lessons with “Essential English Grammar” by Raymond Murphy
“Essential English Grammar” by Raymond Murphy
“Essential English Grammar” by Raymond Murphy
Little Lifco English-Tamil Dictionary
Little Lifco English-Tamil Dictionary

Sihini Brings New Dreams to Gamini Public School, Mahawilachchiya, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

Sihini Atalugama


Sihini Atalugama

Miss Sihini Atalugama is a Sri Lankan American teenage girl living in Tampa, Florida, the United States of America. Her parents, Lalani and Asela Atalugama had been helping Horizon Lanka since 2002 by providing scholarships to the students of Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya.

Last June, Sihini visited Mahawilachchiya with her younger brother Thehan Atalugama and her parents on a week-long volunteering assignment. Since Horizon Academy in Mahawilachchiya was grooming Gamini Public School as a “sister school” by providing foreign volunteers, IT related equipment, musical instrument, etc. to this school, the Horizon Lanka Foundation directed Sihini to volunteer at this school which brought immense benefits to the school.

Sihini and her brother taught English to the students here. Sihini also initiated a program to provide financial scholarships to the students of this school by launching Bright Light Foundation on her own initiative with little guidance from her parents. Visit www.brightlightconnect.org and assist her in this boundless initiative. She hopes to raise funds for the scholarships program through her website and direct the funding to brighten the lives of the students in this small school in which around 200 students’ study.

On top of all these Sihini’s parents donated money to the school to buy a few dictionaries, sports jerseys and shorts for the school volleyball team and also some school supplies and USB pen drives to the school. They also brought reading glasses from the USA and distributed them among the villagers in Dunumandalawa, Mahawilachchiya.

Sihini also hopes to raise funds to provide an air conditioner to Gamini School’s computer lab in the future. There are a few other projects lined up for the school if the school authorities show that the funds are managed transparently and utilized effectively for the benefit of the students and the school.

Pramodhya Gunarathna pramodhya.umayangani.gunarathna@horizonacademy.lk – Grade 10 – Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya

Sihini Atalugama with the students of Gamini Public School, Mahawilachchiya
Sihini Atalugama with the students of Gamini Public School, Mahawilachchiya
Sihini Atalugama in the USA
Sihini Atalugama in the USA
Distribution of reading glasses to the villagers in Duunumandalawa, Mahawilachchiya
Distribution of reading glasses to the villagers in Duunumandalawa, Mahawilachchiya

Horizon Academy – Ralapanawa, Nochchiyagama, Anuradhapura Needs Your Support

Ralapanawa Students

Horizon Lanka Foundation started its second Horizon Academy in Ralapanawa, Nochchiyagama, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka in December, 2017. Mr. Rohana Kumarasingha and Ms. Nadeeka Kumarasingha from Ralapanawa are running this academy. Nadeeka was an alumnus of Horizon Academy, Mahawilachchiya.  She is a dynamic young lady who does a lot for the students and the community at large in the village through her hard work.

Ralapanawa Students

The running cost of the Horizon Academy here per month is around 25,000 LKR | 156.68 USD | 133.90 EUR. This cannot be recovered from the students as their parents get a very low income or in some cases, no income at all. Hence the three-year-long drought disturbed the villagers’ main income, farming, they undergo a lot of hardships. So, we have decided to charge only a 100 LKR | 0.63 USD | 0.54 EUR fee per month from a student here. If we get 100 students per month, we would be able to get 10,000 LKR | 62.67 USD | 53.56 USD. This will cover part of the monthly expenses from of the academy.

Since we cannot afford to pay the teachers, we depend on local and foreign volunteers to teach English and ICT here. So far, 19 foreign volunteers have taught the children in this Academy. We expect more local and foreign volunteers to join us soon.

The foreign volunteers teach English free of charge in the public schools in the mornings and this is totally free of charge for all the students in those schools. The students come to Horizon Academy in the evenings. Foreign volunteers teach during the week days and local volunteers can help teach these students English, ICT, science, mathematics, fine arts and sports during weekends. For the local volunteers, the villagers will provide food and accommodation free of charge. (Foreign volunteers pay the host families for their food and accommodation.)

The students have to pay the above fee for attending Horizon Academy as there are some costs involved in the Academy such as electricity, internet, telephone, stationary, transport, entertaining guests, etc. So, if any of you could help us with these expenses, please email us on info@horizonlanka.org. (All contributions and expenses will be recorded, audited and shared with the donors and other stakeholders.)

Nanda Wanninayaka, The Founder and the Chairman of the Horizon Lanka Foundation

Horizon Academy – Maniyanthoddam, Nallur, Jaffna Needs Your Support

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maniyanthoddam-girlsHorizon Lanka Foundation started its fifth Horizon Academy in Maniyanthoddam, Jaffna, Nallur, Sri Lanka in June, 2018. Father S. M. Sebastian OMI, Parish Priest who is a dynamic priest who does a lot for the students and the community at large in the village through his hard work. He already had another academy called Eugene Academy and all we had to do was to use its premises and resources to establish Horizon Academy there.

The running cost of the Horizon Academy here per month is around 25,000 LKR | 156.68 USD | 133.90 EUR. This cannot be recovered from the students as their parents get a very low salary or in most cases, no salary at all. Besides, this is a village that was reduced to rubble during the bitter civil war and people still face a lot of financial issues. So, we have decided not to charge a fee from the students here till the end of December here. After that, we will charge 100 LKR | 0.63 USD | 0.54 EUR per month from a student. If we get 100 students per month, we would be able to get only 10,000 LKR | 62.67 USD | 53.56 USD. This will cover part of the monthly expenses from January, 2019.

Since we cannot afford to pay the teachers, we depend on local and foreign volunteers to teach English and ICT here. So far, three foreign volunteers have taught the children in this Academy. They were Ms. Clara Charriere, Ms. Pauline Oswald and Ms. Laurie Kuhne from France and Ms. Ashwini Balan from Singapore. Ms. Emilie Østmo from Norway is the present volunteer here. We expect more local and foreign volunteers to join us soon.

The foreign volunteers teach English free of charge in the public schools in the mornings and this is totally free of charge for all the students in those schools. The students come to Horizon Academy in the evenings. Foreign volunteers teach throughout the week days and local volunteers can help teach these students English, ICT, science, mathematics, fine arts and sports during weekends. For the local volunteers, the villagers will provide food and accommodation free of charge. (Foreign volunteers pay the host families for their food and accommodation.)

The students have to pay the above fee for attending Horizon Academy from January, 2019 as there are some costs involved in the Academy such as electricity, internet, telephone, stationary, transport, entertaining guests, etc. So, if any of you could help us with these expenses, please email us on info@horizonlanka.org. (All contributions and expenses will be recorded, audited and shared with the donors and other stakeholders.)

Nanda Wanninayaka, The Founder and the Chairman of the Horizon Lanka Foundation

Ms. Emilie Østmo, the Norwegian volunteer teaching the students of Horizon Academy - Maniyanthoddam, Nallur, Jaffna
Ms. Emilie Østmo, the Norwegian volunteer teaching the students of Horizon Academy – Maniyanthoddam, Nallur, Jaffna

Ms. Emilie Østmo teaching the students of Horizon Academy - Maniyanthoddam, Nallur, Sri Lanka
Ms. Emilie Østmo teaching the students of Horizon Academy – Maniyanthoddam, Nallur, Sri Lanka

The students learning English at Horizon Academy - Maniyanthoddam, Nallur, Sri Lanka
The students learning English at Horizon Academy – Maniyanthoddam, Nallur, Sri Lanka

The students of Horizon Academy - Maniyanthoddam, Nallur, Sri Lanka
The students of Horizon Academy – Maniyanthoddam, Nallur, Sri Lanka

Horizon Academy – Kirimetiya, Nanu Oya, Nuwara Eliya Needs Your Support

The students of Horizon Academy - Nanu Oya with the staff members

Horizon Lanka Foundation started its fourth Horizon Academy in Nanu Oya, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka in May, 2018. 

The general belief of rest of the country is that the children here in tea estates in the Up Country are not ready to learn and they dropout from schools at a young age and directly join the work at tea estates or elsewhere. But, what I saw was totally different. The kids and the parents here pay a great attention to education and some kids even speak some basic English.

Since we cannot afford to pay the teachers, we depend on local and foreign volunteers to teach English and ICT here. So far, three foreign volunteers have taught the children in this area. They were Mr. Alain Horst and Ms. Laura Horst from Switzerland in May and Ms. Balbina Gramespacher from Germany in July. We expect more local and foreign volunteers to join us soon.

The running cost of the Horizon Academy here per month is around 25,000 LKR | 156.68 USD | 133.90 EUR. This cannot be recovered from the students as their parents get a very low salary. One estate worker gets only an average salary of 650 LKR | 4.07 USD | 3.48 EUR per day. Still, if education is provided totally free of charge, they would not understand the value of it. So, we decided to charge 100 LKR | 0.63 USD | 0.54 EUR per month. If we get 100 students per month, we would be able to get only 10,000 LKR | 62.67 USD | 53.56 USD. We cannot expect that many students initially. Our aim is to attract that number of students by December, 2018.

The foreign volunteers teach English free of charge in the public schools in the mornings and this is totally free of charge for all the students in those schools. The students come to Horizon Academy in the evenings. Foreign volunteers teach throughout the week days and local volunteers can help teach these students English, ICT, science, mathematics, fine arts and sports during weekends. For the local volunteers, the villagers will provide food and accommodation free of charge. (Foreign volunteers pay the host families for their food and accommodation.)

The students have to pay the above fee for attending Horizon Academy as there are some costs involved in the Academy such as electricity, Internet, telephone, stationary, transport, entertaining guests, etc. So, if any of you could could help us with these expenses, please email us on info@horizonlanka.org. (All contributions and expenses will be recorded, audited and shared with the donors and other stakeholders.)

Nanda Wanninayaka – Chairman of Horizon Lanka Foundation

The students of Horizon Academy – Nanu Oya with the staff members

Students of Horizon Academy -Nanu Oya
Students of Horizon Academy -Nanu Oya

Mr. Nanda Wanninayaka with the students
Mr. Nanda Wanninayaka with the students

Desford School, Nanu Oya
Desford School, Nanu Oya

Opening a Horizon Academy Franchise in Maniyanthoddam, Jaffna, Sri Lanka

Father S. M. Sebastian

Father S. M. Sebastian

Nanda Wanninyaka, Founder and Chairman of the Horizon Lanka Foundation

Horizon Lanka Foundation (HLF) was inaugurated in 1998 under the shade of a mango tree in my garden at Mahawilachchiya. The day I started the HLF, I did dream of starting similar academies in Jaffna, Batticaloa & Nuwara Eiya where the majority of ethnic minorities reside in Sri Lanka.

But it took me 20 years to realize two of these dreams, thanks to this gentleman named Mr. Gunasegaran Ponniah from Nanu Oya, Nuwara Eliya. He had sent me a letter sometime back in 2014 and sought my help for the public school where he was a teacher at the time.  His was a snail mail, I forgot (or ignored) to answer. It happens with most of the snail mails I (rarely) get. Besides, we were not in a position to help any others at that time, as the HLF too was struggling to survive at the time. (I now strongly believe that I should have answered his letter even with a negative message.)

Sometime in 2015,  when the students were doing a ‘clean up’ of the Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya, one of the girls showed me Gnasegaran’s letter (which was to go to the dustbin, but was destined for something greater), which  I was forced  to answer. Since there was a telephone number, I called Gunasegaran and he answered.  I apologized for not answering his mail and told him that I will not be able to do much without visiting his village. I casually asked him to call me on Fridays to check if I can make it to his village in Nuwara Eliya. Would you believe it?  That he called me  every Friday and reminded me about my (possible) visit for two long years,  till I actually managed to visit him on the Sri Lankan New Year day this April with one of my German volunteer’s;  19-year-old Miss Pauline Dinkel? Such was his commitment, I felt really bad for not visiting him earlier.

With Gunasegaran’s tireless efforts we started a Horizon Academy franchise in Nanu Oya last May with the arrival of two Swiss volunteers Mr. Alain Horst & Mrs. Laura Horst. The official launch will be organized soon. While speaking with Gunasegaran, I asked if he has any contacts in Jaffna who would like to join us to start a Horizon Academy there and he readily introduced Father S. M. Sebastian to me from a little hamlet called Maniyanthoddam in Jaffna. I communicated with the latter via the phone and he sounded the ideal person to have from Jaffna as he commands a lot of respect from the village and elsewhere and also he has amazing organizing skills. He was so patient and soft-spoken and always made allowances for my hasty and abrupt decisions and arrangements.

We scheduled a visit to Maniyanthoddam during a weekend with our foreign volunteers. But I could not make it as I fell ill. But the foreign volunteers from the HLF went ahead with the visit and did a marvelous job by meeting with Father Sebastian and the people there and convincing the people there the importance of stating a Horizon Academy franchise in Maniyanthoddam. Our French volunteer, brave Miss Clara Charrière, a 19-year-old charming young lady from France, instantly decided that she would volunteer in this former troubled land, which was reduced to rubble during the 30-year-old civil war. (All I see in her is the same determination shown by Sarah Jordan Beauford (Angelina Jolie) in the Hollywood movie “Beyond Borders,” a terrific movie made on volunteering in hostile lands.)  Luckily for her, Jaffna is not hostile or troubled anymore. People in Maniyanthoddam, Jaffna are very friendly and helpful. I especially like the young there, who ride their motorbikes quite fast at night and still have some time to share a smile with us.

I eventually did visit Maniyanthoddam on May 19th with Clara and Mr. Sagara Kularathna, an employee at Dialog Axiata who was an adult student of mine some years ago and mastered English at a record speed and Miss Paulin Oswald, another 19-year-old French volunteer of Horizon Lanka, who also joined us and said she would love to volunteer at Maniyanthoddam with Clara.

We did a presentation to the students and the parents about HLF and its achievements and the franchise system that we recently introduced to expand the Horizon Academies throughout the island. Clara and Pauline stayed back in Maniyanthoddam at two students’ homes and Sagara and I returned to our respective residences in Colombo and Mahawilachchiya.  On the following Sunday May 26th Sagara and I visited Maniyanthoddam once again , this time Sagara donated his Wi-Fi connection as a personal gift to the Horizon Academy in Maniyanthoddam. All of us trained the children in some dance items and the announcements for the Official Opening Ceremony of the Horizon Academy – Maniyanthoddam on Saturday 02, June, 2018.

Today I am going to Maniyanthoddam with a few teenage students and their parents and these students will perform with the students from Maniyanthoddam at the Opening Ceremony we have scheduled at 6.00 pm on Saturday 02, June. Please join us at that time and if everything goes as planned, we will livestream the two-hour Opening Ceremony and the concert through Facebook. You may subscribe to my official FB stream at https://www.facebook.com/nanda.wanninayaka.official and that of the Horizon Lanka’s at https://www.facebook.com/horizonlankafoundation/.

Paulin Oswald and Clara Charrière at the Raiway Station, Anuradhapura to board a train to Jaffna
Paulin Oswald and Clara Charrière at the Raiway Station, Anuradhapura to board a train to Jaffna

Mr. Nanda Wanninayaka doing the presentation while Father Sebastian translating it into Tamil
Mr. Nanda Wanninayaka doing the presentation while Father Sebastian translating it into Tamil

Local and foreign volunteers at the presentation
Local and foreign volunteers at the presentation

Proposed building for Horizon Academy - Maniyanthoddam
Proposed building for Horizon Academy – Maniyanthoddam

Volunteers and the staff of Horizon Academy - Maniyanthoddam
Volunteers and the staff of Horizon Academy – Maniyanthoddam

Miss Clara Charrière at her host's house
Miss Clara Charrière at her host’s house

Miss Pauline Oswald at her host 's house
Miss Pauline Oswald at her host ‘s house

Pauline with her new friend
Pauline with her new friend

Having dinner with Father Sebastian after work.
Having dinner with Father Sebastian after work.

Roads in Maniyanthoddam
Roads in Maniyanthoddam

Introducing Basketball to Horizon Academies

Children at Horizon Academy - Ralapanawa playing basketball

Children at Horizon Academy - Ralapanawa playing basketball

Horizon Lanka Foundation promotes 10 sports at its academies. They are cricket, volleyball, soccer, American football, handball, baseball, rugby, elle, basketball and martial arts. Students fell in love with basketball after watching the Hollywood movie “Coach Carter.”

Miss Clara Charrière from France brought a few basketballs and she also teaches the game to the students. Still we don’t have proper courts and hoops for the game. If any of you want to help us with them, please contact us.

Prabodha Kalotuwawa – Prabodha.sandeepani.kalotuwawa@horizonacademy.lk

Students playing basketball at Horizon Academy - Ralapanawa
Students playing basketball at Horizon Academy – Ralapanawa

Coach Carter Poster
Coach Carter Poster

ICT Workshop – 1 (May 05, 2018) at Horizon Lanka Foundation by CompSoc of University of Colombo

Sumedhe Dissanayake

Sumedhe Dissanayake

The Horizon Lanka Foundation (HLF) has had strong links with CompSoc, and the University of Colombo since the inception of the HLF. The CompSoc of University of Colombo was the very first university to hold an ICT Workshop at the HLF. This happened 16 years ago. Dr. Kasun ……… , then a representative of the CompSoc of University of Colombo, communicated with me and held the very successful first ICT workshop at the HLF, Mahawilachchiya in 2002. After this, other universities also followed suit.

These workshops helped the students of the HLF enormously and most of the students continued their higher education in ICT and became ICT related professionals and entrepreneurs.

On May 05, 2018 the HLF resumed the partnership with the CompSoc of University of Colombo. I wrote to my friend whom I am yet to see in person, Dr. Hakim Usoof, an ICT lecturer of the University of Colombo in March, 2018 and he immediately arranged the first workshop at the HLF with the support of Mr. Sumedhe Dissanayake, the Vice-President of CompSoc of UoC and also an undergraduate of the University of Colombo. On May 05, 2018, a team of undergraduates comprising he Vice-President, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Junior Treasurer and one Committee Member of CompSoc were there.  of the CompSoc of University of Colombo. I thank Dr. Usoof, CompSoc and the University of Colombo for all the hard work done. We also hope the partnership continues in the long run and the students of the HLF are benefited like it happened in the past.

Nanda Wanninayaka – The Founder and Chairman of the Horizon Lanka Foundation.

Sumedhe Dissanayake addressing the students and the staff of Horizon Lanka Foundation
Sumedhe Dissanayake addressing the students and the staff of Horizon Lanka Foundation

Students of Horizon Academies at the workshop in Horizon Academy - Anuradhapura
Students of Horizon Academies at the workshop in Horizon Academy – Anuradhapura

Members of CompSoc, University of Colombo and the students and the staff of Horizon Academies after the workshop
Members of CompSoc, University of Colombo and the students and the staff of Horizon Academies after the workshop