127. Clara Charrière – France

Clara Charrière from France

Clara Charrière from France

Miss Clara Charrière from France volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation in February, March, April and June 2018.

Clara Charrière from France
Clara Charrière from France
Clara Charrière with the host family
Clara Charrière with the host family
Clara Charrière in Ritigala, Sri Lanka
Clara Charrière in Ritigala, Sri Lanka
Clara Charrière on the bund of Kalawewa reservoir
Clara Charrière on the bund of Kalawewa reservoir
Clara Charrière drinkin king coconuts in Kalawewa
Clara Charrière drinkin king coconuts with Manon and Ana in Kalawewa
Clara Charrière with other Horizon Lanka volunteers in Tantirimale, Sri Lanka.
Clara Charrière with other Horizon Lanka volunteers in Tantirimale, Sri Lanka.

124. Aaron Friedrich – Germany

Aaron Friedrich from Germany

Aaron Friedrich from Germany

Mr. Aaron Friedrich from Germany volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation in February, 2018.

Aaron Friedrich with the students and the staff
Mr. Aaron Friedrich with the students and the staff
Aaron Friedrich with Dilani, another foreign volunteer
Aaron Friedrich with Dilani, another foreign volunteer
Aaron Friedrich saying goodbye to Horizon Lanka
Aaron Friedrich saying goodbye to Horizon Lanka

122. Bảo Nguyễn – Vietnam

Nguyen Hoang Bao

Nguyen Hoang Bao Mr. Bảo Nguyễn from Vietnam volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation in January and February, 2018.

Mr. Nguyen Bao with two students of Horizon Academy - Tantirimale
Mr. Nguyen Bao with two students of Horizon Academy – Tantirimale
Mr. Nguyen Bao with two students of Horizon Academy - Tantirimale
Mr. Nguyen Bao with two students of Horizon Academy – Tantirimale
A Buddha statue in Tantirimale Rock Temple
A Buddha statue in Tantirimale Rock Temple
Bảo Nguyễn with the host family
Bảo Nguyễn with the host family
Bảo Nguyễn with the students of Horizon Academy - Tantirimale
Bảo Nguyễn with the students of Horizon Academy – Tantirimale

Mini Concert to Say Goodbye to Foreign Volunteers Diana, Eagle, Sona and Monika – July 13, 2017

Mini Concert to Say Goodbye to Foreign Volunteers Diana, Eagle, Sona and Monika – July 13, 2017

Horizon Lanka VolunteersThe students of Horizon Academy, Mahawilachchiya, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka held a Mini Concert, the first of its kind for 2017, on July 13, 2017 at the Academy to say goodbye to four of our foreign volunteers, namely, Diana Wong Yuen Sam and Eagle Man Ho Tin from Hong Kong and Sona Forstlova and Monika Salfická from the Czech Republic. They volunteered in July, 2017 and did a lot to educate the students both at Horizon Academy and Gamini Public School in Mahawilachchiya.

All the volunteers also took part in the concert by performing along with the students of Horizon Academy and Gamini Public School in Mahawilachchiya.

See the pictures and videos of the concert items below.

Primary students at Horizon Academy, Mahawilachchiya
Primary students at Horizon Academy, Mahawilachchiya
Senior students at Horizon Academy, Mahawilachchiya dancing with volunteers
Senior students at Horizon Academy, Mahawilachchiya dancing with volunteers
Senior students at Horizon Academy, Mahawilachchiya dancing
Senior students at Horizon Academy, Mahawilachchiya dancing
Man Ho Tin Eagle at the Concert
Man Ho Tin Eagle at the Concert
Horizon Lanka Volunteers after the concert
Horizon Lanka Volunteers after the concert
Diana Wong Yuen Sam with the kids after the concert
Diana Wong Yuen Sam with the kids after the concert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

120. Lisanna Stevens – The Netherlands

120. Lisanna Stevens - The Netherlands

120.	Lisanna Stevens - The Netherlands

Miss Lisanna Stevens from The Netherlands volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation in January, 2018.

Lisanna Stevens at Horizon Academy, Ranpathvila
Lisanna Stevens at Horizon Academy, Ranpathvila
Miss Lisanna Stevens with her host Kalani Niwarthana Disanayaka and her sisters
Miss Lisanna Stevens with her host Kalani Niwarthana Disanayaka and her sisters
Lisanna-Stevens at the host family
Lisanna-Stevens at the host family
Lisanna-Stevens at the nursery
Lisanna-Stevens at the nursery
Miss Lisanna Stevens at Rambewa Central College
Miss Lisanna Stevens at Rambewa Central College
Lisanna-Stevens with students in Ranpathvila
Lisanna-Stevens with students in Ranpathvila

An IoT (Internet of Things) Workshop at Horizon Lanka by Coderdojo Sri Lanka

An IoT (Internet of Things) Workshop at Horizon Lanka by Coderdojo Sri Lanka

Prabhath Mannapperuma

A workshop on IoT (Internet of Things) for the staff and students of Horizon Academies was held at Horizon Academy, Anuradhapura by Coderdojo Sri Lanka on February 24, 2018. Mr. Prabhath Mannapperuma, the Founder/Secretary of Micro:bit SLUG coordinated the workshop and Mr. Shameera Prajapriya, Mr. Yasintha Perera and Mr. Dilupa Jayanatha Peiris joined Mr. Mannapperuma to hold the workshop.

The workshop was meant for the staff of the 5 Horizon Academies, ie. Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya, Horizon Academy – Tantirimale, Horizon Academy – Anuradhapura, Horizon Academy – Ranpathvila and Horizon Academy –Ralapanawa. Since the students also were very enthusiastic, they also joined the workshop.

The workshop covered a vast area of IoT (Internet of Things) related areas such as micro:bit based programming, Arduino, etc. and basic HTML.

Coderdojo Sri Lanka is part of the Coderjojo global initiative and does its activities on volunteer basis. The initiative helps encourage students from a very young age to coding and programming.

“CoderDojo Sri Lanka is the Sri Lankan network of “CoderDojo” – an international open source social education movement oriented around the running of fun, free and social coding clubs (Dojos) for young people aged 7-17 (Ninjas).

Dojos are run by coordinators (Champions) at businesses, schools, libraries, universities, councils and community centres. Dojos provide fun, free and social open learning environments where young people can meet others with similar interests, develop 21st century skills and build creative projects of their own choice using digital technology.

A Dojo is NOT a class or workshop. There is no curriculum. Instead, Dojos offer open, free and unstructured club settings in which young people can follow their own interests, meet like-minded people and develop self-directed learning habits with the support of Champions and Mentors.” – from CoderDojo Sri Lanka website.

The Horizon Lanka Foundation thanks CoderDojo Sri Lanka for partnering with the Foundation and the Foundation hopes to go a long journey with CoderDojo Sri Lanka by educating the future generation through the Foundation’s network of Horizon Academies.

Coderdojo Sri Lanka team teaching
Coderdojo Sri Lanka team teaching
Students at Coderdojo Sri Lanka workshop
Students at Coderdojo Sri Lanka workshop
Mr. Prabhath Mannapperuma introducing the program
Mr. Prabhath Mannapperuma introducing the program
Mr. Dilupa Jayanatha Peiris doing a lesson
Mr. Dilupa Jayanatha Peiris doing a lesson
Mr. Shameera Prajapriya doing the lesson on HTML
Mr. Shameera Prajapriya doing the lesson on HTML
The staff and the students of Horizon Academy, Anuradhapura
The staff and the students of Horizon Academy, Anuradhapura
Coderdojo Sri Lanka team during a break
Coderdojo Sri Lanka team during a break
Coderdojo Sri Lanka team with the staff and the students of Horizon Lanka
Coderdojo Sri Lanka team with the staff and the students of Horizon Lanka

117. Julie Desperiez – France

Julie Desperiez at Pemaduwa Bazar, Mahawilachchiya

Julie Desperiez at Pemaduwa Bazar, Mahawilachchiya

Julie Desperiez from France volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation in January and February, 2018.

Julie Desperiez with the students of Thakshila Public School
Julie Desperiez with the students of Thakshila Public School
Julie Desperiez in a sari at Thakshila Public School
Julie Desperiez in a sari at Thakshila Public School

116. Tali Motzkin – Israel

Tali Motzkin, Israel

Tali Motzkin, Israel

Tali Motzkin from Israel volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation in January, 2018.

“My Volunteering at Horizon Academy – Anuradhapura

I would like to tell you about my volunteering experience. I arrived at the Horizon Academy at Thursday evening, straight to Ramanee and Udaya’s school, close to the Anuradhapura city. When I was at the bus station I called Ramanee and she sent her husband, Udaya to pick me with a tuk-tuk driver so I didn’t have any problems to find the place. At this day the students had a goodbye party for the formal volunteer (Susannah Horowitz) so it was very nice to see how they danced, laughed and shared respect for her and also for welcoming me. They prepared us a “queens feast” with a lot of fresh fruits and showed us a dance concert. Then, after this great welcome, my host family came to take me. There, I met my new sister: Hashini, her brother: Gihan, and my new parents: Anura and Kumari. At first it was so strange to walk into other people’s house but they made me feel like I am at my own house. They cook amazing food for me every day and treat me so nicely. During my stay, every day I have learned something new about them and about their traditions, they also took me to some really cool places like the washing reservoir, temple and the local market. Now, after one week with them I really feel like home and they are my new family.

In the matter of the Horizon Academy, I didn’t have much time with them because I arrived to the weekend and only for a one week, but with the time I had it was nice to see how Ramanee and Udaya teach the students with a lot of passion in all kinds of ways like through books, notebooks, movies, games, dance, etc. I was joining to Ramanee’s teaching class. At the class I was talking with the students, check their homework, teach them computer work and at breaks, I was playing and teaching them field games. At the beginning it was hard for me to let them know what I mean in my explanation (I don’t speak Sinhala), but then I found some ways to explain like with signs and drawings. Also, it takes time to get to know the students and how to approach them, but when I did and felt like I did teach them something new, it was a really good feeling. I also translated Horizon Lanka website into Hebrew as requested by Nanda, but I wished to contribute more with the kids like maybe teach them new dance moves and art, things which require a longer stay. Therefore, I think if someone want to volunteer here and really make some difference, at least stay one week and even more here as it is necessary for getting know the program, students and family.

For conclusion, I had a great time (my best Sri Lankan experience so far!!) and I want to thank to all people who welcomed me, I hope I will see you again soon.

Tali Motzkin, Israel”

Tali Motzkin with students at Horizon Academy - Anuradhapura
Tali Motzkin with students at Horizon Academy – Anuradhapura
Tali Motzkin with Gimhani, the host.
Tali Motzkin with Gimhani, the host.