Literary Award-winning lyricist Mr. Nayanasena Wanninayake held a song appreciation session with the students of Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya on May 27, 2016. The program named “Watamaluwa” (වටමළුව) was held through Skype technology. Mr. Wanninayake from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) connected with the students in Mahawilachchiya through Skype. Mr. Nayanasena Wanninayake is the elder brother of Mr. Nanda Wanninayaka, the Founder of Horizon Lanka Foundation. The latter was available at the program as the anchor.
The song selected for the first program, Lenchina Mage Nangiye (ලෙංචිනා මගෙ නංගියේ) was sung by veteran singer Sunil Edirisinghe and written by another veteran lyricist Rathna Sri Wijesinghe and music was composed by equally veteran musician Rohana Weerasinghe.
We expect to continue this program in the future as this pilot was very successful and the students enjoyed it a lot. This is encouraging given the current sorry state of meaningful music due to unprofessional artists engaged in the music industry. The response from these teenage students for the program was overwhelming.
The idea of starting a Horizon Academy in Ranpathvila is quite abrupt, unexpected and interesting. My eldest brother, Nayanasena Wanninayake who works as a civil engineer in the United Arab Emirates (and also a Sinhala lyrycyst) shared a story on Facebook about a young and energetic Sinhala teacher (Mr. Sugath Nayanananda) who contributed to a free nightly school classes program at Welusuamana Maha Vidyalaya, Thammannewa, Mihintale, Anuradhapura under the blessings of the then principal of the school Mrs. Lalana Dimuthu Wijayanganai. (She is the principal of Kahatagasdigiliya Central College now and continues the nightly school there too.) The subjects covered in this very productive program were Sinhala, English, science, mathematics, history, ICT and aesthetic subjects. The results of the program were amazing and the students’ pass rates at the national level exam GCE Ordinary Levelusually taken by students during the final two years of Senior Secondary School [Grade 10 & 11 (usually ages 15–16)] improved significantly and both Welusuamana Maha Vidyalaya and Kahatagasdigiliya Central College successfully continue the program. I visited Welusuamana Maha Vidyalaya on my personal capacity a few weeks ago and met the staff and I am yet to visit Kahatagasdigiliya Central College.
Having shared the information about Sugath’s contribution to this exceptional program, my brother asked me if I could help them academically in any way possible. Since I have an “unending emotional bond” to the area and I saw this is a perfect program for Horizon Lanka to be of some service to the region, I had a couple of meetings with Sugath and we both decided to start a Horizon Academy branch in Ranpathvila where the students from Kahatagasdigiliya and Mihintale have easy access to since it is situated in the Anuradhapura – Trincomalee main road. There are around 10-15 smaller rural schools in the area and hopefully those students too could join Horizon Academy – Ranpathvila.
So, please share this story with the students and the youth in the adjoining areas and tell them to join Horizon Academy at their earliest. The Academy starts officially tomorrow (November 01, 2017) at 3.00 pm and the course fees for the first month (November) will be completely free of charge and there will be a fee of 500 LKR per student for a range of subjects from English to ICT to robotics to aesthetics subjects to sports.
So, come and join us at Horizon Academy, The First and Only Edutainment Academy of Sri Lanka. Miss Melissa Schmitt from France has joined the institute as the first foreign volunteer at the Academy.
Contact Mr. Sugath Nayanananda, the Manager of Horizon Academy – Ranpathvila firstname.lastname@example.org through email and on 077-4499924 or 071-4299924 on mobile or Mr. Namal Thissa, the English Teacher of the academy at email@example.com and on 077-4546484 or 071-9937398.
So, see you at Horizon Academy – Ranpathvila tomorrow at 3.00 pm.
Thanks to my brother Nayanasena Wanninayaka for making this connection which will in turn do a big difference in the education in the area. Let’s hope for the best.