129. Manon Quintin – France

Manon Quintin - France

Manon Quintin - France Miss Manon Quintin from France volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation from February to May, 2018.

Manon Quintin's students drawing
Manon Quintin’s students drawing
Manon-Quintin drinking king coconuts in Kalawewa
Manon-Quintin drinking king coconuts in Kalawewa
Manon Quintin with other volunteers at Tantirimale Rock Temple.
Manon Quintin with other volunteers at Tantirimale Rock Temple.
Manon Quintin and Johanna Carina Schönborn shopping in Anuradhapura
Manon Quintin and Johanna Carina Schönborn shopping in Anuradhapura

128. Ana Sitges Carmona – Spain

Ana Sitges Carmona – Spain

Ana Sitges Carmona – Spain

Miss Ana Sitges Carmona from Spain volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation during February and March, 2018.

Miss Ana Sitges Carmona teaching at Horizon Academy, Sri Lanka
Miss Ana Sitges Carmona teaching at Horizon Academy, Sri Lanka
Miss Ana Sitges Carmona in Ritigala, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Miss Ana Sitges Carmona in Ritigala, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

 

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

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

Miss Manon Charlotte Zabot, an Angel from France to Horizon Academy, Mahawilachchiya

Miss Manon Charlotte Zabot, an Angel from France to Horizon Academy, Mahawilachchiya

Miss Manon Charlotte Zabot with senior students at Horizon Academy, Mahawilachchiya Miss Manon Charlotte Zabot, a young volunteer from France arrived in Mahawilachchiya last week. She will be here for two months to teach the students. I wish she extends her stay though. She is a smart woman who loves teaching and has a born talent for it. In her own words, she describes her passion for teaching thus. “Teaching has always been a goal for me, especially to children and women (for women empowerment).” I am glad that we have her at Horizon Academy, Mahawilachchiya at the right time. I have not been in Mahawilachchiya regularly and the students’ education was disrupted as a result. This affected the number of regular students too. But now, I am relieved a lot because Miss Zabot has already been able to attract the students who left the institution and some new students too. She is very kind towards the kids (but not so towards me ? because I haven’t been able to do things on time due to the bike accident I met with last September. It kept my movements restricted as I was not able to repair it as yet. But now that this young teacher is at Horizon Academy, I can entrust her my role and I am sure she is confident in doing it a lot better than I did.

Miss Zabot has already decided to make the classroom better by painting the walls and letting the students to write, draw things related to her lessons. She has already prepared a list of things to buy from the city and she appreciates if you could send Horizon Academy some English books for the students to read. She is so caring towards the students, especially the primary students. She lives at our teenage student Prabodha Kalotuwawa’s house. Prabodha has been hosting quite a number of volunteers and her English too is improving as a result.

Apart from volunteering at Horizon Academy, Miss Zabot also teaches free of charge at the Seevali Primary School, a public school in the village. She enjoys it very much and dedicates more hours than we expected her to do. It is not an easy task to work extra hours due to the hot temperature in Anuradhapura district during these days.

I am sure all our other volunteers are also doing the same in other Horizon Academies but I just did not have the time to be with them during lessons to see their good work. I have planned to repair my bike this weekend and travel to all five Horizon Academies at least once a week and oversee the affairs. It is so heartening to see how our volunteers dedicate their time and knowledge towards the students in these rural villages despite the lack of facilities and harsh weather conditions these days. Horizon Lanka survived its bad times due to our brave volunteers. Right now, we have 9 volunteers from different European countries.

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

Miss Manon Charlotte Zabot with primary students at Horizon Academy, Mahawilachchiya
Miss Manon Charlotte Zabot with primary students at Horizon Academy, Mahawilachchiya
Miss Manon Charlotte Zabot with senior students at Horizon Academy, Mahawilachchiya
Miss Manon Charlotte Zabot with senior students at Horizon Academy, Mahawilachchiya

 

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