132. Sara Labbate – Italy

132.	Sara Labbate – Italy

Sara Labbate – Italy

Sara Labbate from Italy volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation in March, 2018.

Miss Sara Labbate interviewing the students at Horizon Academy - Ranpathvila with other volunteers
Miss Sara Labbate interviewing the students at Horizon Academy – Ranpathvila with other volunteers
Mr. Stefan Jacobsen with other volunteers
Mr. Stefan Jacobsen with other volunteers

130. Manon Charlotte Zabot – France

130.	Manon Charlotte Zabot – France

Manon Charlotte Zabot

Miss Manon Charlotte Zabot from France volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation in March, 2018.

 

Miss Manon Charlotte Zabot teaching the students at Horizon Academy - Mahawilachchiya
Miss Manon Charlotte Zabot teaching the students at Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya
Miss Manon Charlotte Zabot teaching the students at Horizon Academy - Mahawilachchiya
Miss Manon Charlotte Zabot teaching the students at Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya
Miss Manon Charlotte Zabot teaching the students at Horizon Academy - Mahawilachchiya
Miss Manon Charlotte Zabot teaching the students at Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya
Manon Charlotte Zabot and other volunteers at Tantirimale Rock Temple
Manon Charlotte Zabot and other volunteers at Tantirimale Rock Temple

 

129. Manon Quintin – France

129.	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

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

117.	Julie Desperiez – France

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

116. 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.

EK ONG KAR MALOGA Yoga School from Spain Donates 90,000 LKR (500 EUR) to the Students of Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya

EK ONG KAR MALOGA Yoga School from Spain Donates 90,000 LKR (500 EUR) to the Students of Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya
Saying goodbye is never easy.
Saying goodbye is never easy.

Mr. Qurro Lopez from Spain volunteered at Horizon Lanka in October, 2017. He taught Spanish language to the students and the students were very fast in learning this totally new language. In addition to teaching, he brought a lot of gifts to the students at Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya. Tharushika Rathnayaka and Pramodhya Gunarathna received one tab each and the junior students got toys from him. Before he left Sri Lanka, he donated 90,000 LKR (500 EUR) raised by EK ONG KAR MALOGA Yoga School in Spain to be distributed among the students. This donation covers the academic and healthcare expenses of the students for the year 2017. (2017 was a bad year for the whole village as their parents’ farms did not yield any crops due to the drought. So, this financial assistance means a lot to them. It is the same for this year also since the village did not get sufficient rains for the third consecutive year.)

When asked to whom the credit should go for this generous donation, a delighted Mr. Lopez said, “Consider it came from God.”

The students, the parents and the Horizon Lanka Foundation appreciate Mr. Lopez and EK ONG KAR MALOGA Yoga School in Spain for assisting the students in a big way. Thank You.