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Computer skills for 100 Sri Lankan students

by Horizon Lanka Foundation
Computer skills for 100 Sri Lankan students
Computer skills for 100 Sri Lankan students
Computer skills for 100 Sri Lankan students
Computer skills for 100 Sri Lankan students
Computer skills for 100 Sri Lankan students
Computer skills for 100 Sri Lankan students
Computer skills for 100 Sri Lankan students
Computer skills for 100 Sri Lankan students
Computer skills for 100 Sri Lankan students
Computer skills for 100 Sri Lankan students
Computer skills for 100 Sri Lankan students
Computer skills for 100 Sri Lankan students
Computer skills for 100 Sri Lankan students
Computer skills for 100 Sri Lankan students
Computer skills for 100 Sri Lankan students
Computer skills for 100 Sri Lankan students
Computer skills for 100 Sri Lankan students
Computer skills for 100 Sri Lankan students
Computer skills for 100 Sri Lankan students
Computer skills for 100 Sri Lankan students
Ranuka Udayanga
Ranuka Udayanga

Dr. Ing. E. Leuthold from Switzerland contacted Horizon Lanka Foundation through email last April and informed us that he is willing to provide a brand new laptop for one of our students. Horizon staff selected Tharanga Sampath, a brilliant student at Horizon Lanka Academy. We thank Dr. Ing. E. Leuthold a lot for this generous donation. Dr. Ing. E. Leuthold promised to send two more laptops for the next two best students at Horizon Lanka Academy.

Ranuka Udayanga was the second student to get a brand new laptop from Dr. Ing. E. Leuthold. Read the testimonial Mr Ranjith Pushpakumara, the Head Master of Horizon Lanka Academy wrote about Ranuka.

“Ranuka Udayanga has been known to me for three years by now and I can beyond doubt recommend that he is the most creative boy student I have found of the HLA. When ever I wanted something done I just wanted to give him the rough idea to get from him the exact output I always predicted. The flash presentations he created for the farewells of the GVI volunteers were clear testimonials for his talents. I sincerely believe that whatever resources spent on him will undoubtedly prove that a genius for the future is created. A teacher who happens to teach him and parents who happen to nurture a child like him will be extremely lucky.”

Ranjith Pushpakumara, Head Master, HLA

See Ranuka's excitement below after getting the laptop..... “I was a Digital Butterfly before 13th of October and on the 13th October I became a Digital Ambassador. Do you know who a Digital Butterfly is? At Horizon Lanka we call DB to the students who get a desktop computer trough DB project. After getting laptop they become DA’s.

It was a very happy day for me. I was hoping for a laptop for so many years. Fortunately my hope became true. One of my favorite hobbies is blogging. I write stories about my studies, news, add articles about new discoveries, etc. to my blog. Many people are visiting it. I think my blog is interesting in the internet. Dr. Leuthold is a kind person who gives a helping hand to the people who need help. He donated a laptop to a clever student at HLF earlier. His help for me was a brand new Acer laptop computer. It was the happiest day of my life. It has 80 GB hard disk and 1 GB RAM. It is very useful for me to do my work. Now I’m developing a website for Laksaviya Foundation with the help of this laptop. I like to thank Dr. Leuthold for his kind help. I hope to do the maximum work with laptop.

Lak Saviya Foundation was involved in coordinating with the donor in Switzerland - Dr. Ing. E. Leuthold - and Horizon Lanka for the purchase and delivery of the laptop computers. Lak Saviya managed to liaise with the donor and the recipient (through Horizon Lanka) for selecting appropriate Acer laptops from Colombo that fits within the budget of the donor and suitable for the end users – two Digital Ambassadors in Mahavilachchiya village. We thank Lak Saviya for their generous assistance to us in this regard.

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Chamila Edirisinghe
Chamila Edirisinghe

I was born in Mahavilachchiya, a remote village about 40 km away from Anuradhapura city, situated about 230 km of Colombo, Sri Lanka as the eldest daughter in farming family. I had most of my primary education at Saliya Mala Viduhala, and secondary education at Swarnapali Balika Viduhala, Anuradhapura. I finished my G. C. E. Ordinary Level Examination in 1999, I passed the Examination with one “D” pass and five “C” passes. After, I entered the Swarnapali Balika College to complete my Advanced Level Examination in 2000. I finished the examination in 2002, in commerce stream with two “C” passes and one “S” pass. After that, I got a chance to join Horizon Lanka Foundation in 2002. So, it was great opportunity to me, to carry on the ICT education and to improve my English knowledge well. During that time I could improve myself well. Of course I could get an “A” pass to English in 2004.

As well as I commenced Diploma in Computer Studies course at IDM Academy totally free of charge with the courtesy of IDM’s chairman Dr. Bandu Ranasinghe. I went to India to participate the ICT training in IIT Madras in South India. As well as, I would like to thank Horizon Lanka Foundation and to ICTA of Sri Lanka for that.

While studying there, I could get an opportunity to study three languages in Rural Educational Development Academy. I learnt English, Japanese and Tamil. There we had three years’ training on those languages and after we had to teach in public schools. At the moment I am working after school in Siddhartha Maha viddhyalaya and working as a volunteer IT teacher in Saliya Mala Vidyalaya. So I decided to register in University of sri Jayawardanapura to do an English degree also. Now I’m going to classes and I want to be a good teacher and communicate in various languages. (Updated: January 10, 2008)

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WEB .......... ............................................. BLOG http://chamilaedirisinghe.wordpress.com/

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Ruvini Senevirathna
Ruvini Senevirathna

Last two months were very busy for me because 22nd of October three of us (Radhika, Iresha and me) got a chance for training in a software company called Eurocenter DDC in Colombo and it ended from last 22ndof December. I got A lot of experience during the training. At EC we learnt lot of things. Mainly our training was focused on web designing. Additionally we leant how to handle a project, how a company runs, team work, etc. too. Our main project was to design a website for sports committee at EC. We did it well with the support of EC web designers. Those experiences will help us for our future work. Now we hope to continue our work with Horizon Lanka projects. I hope to handle Digital Ambassadors project. While doing these projects I hope to improve my web designing knowledge by designing more websites. I can take up commercial websites now. Please contact me through info@horizonlanka.org if you want to get your site designed by me. You can visit my newly designed personal website at http://www.horizonlanka.org/ruvini/index.html Ruvini Senevirathna

Ruvini Senevirathna
Ruvini Senevirathna
Ruvini Senevirathna
Ruvini Senevirathna

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I am Majith Rakshitha Perera from Mahavilachchiya. I have long history with Horizon Lanka Foundation. I joined Horizon when I was studying in grade seven. Now I am 20 years old. I got good experiences from the Horizon Lanka. I haven’t got paper qualifications (certificates) for my computer knowledge. But I have knowledge than people with certificates. I know basic computer networking and computer hardware. I can learn any software very fast.

I am repairing computers in the village. This small business provides me pocket money. I got a good chance to work with Enterprise Technology (PVT) Ltd. It was the mesh Internet project of Mahavilachchiya. I work with them for six months. I got from them a good knowledge about networking. I got 15,000 LKR per month as a salary during those six months.

I learnt internet browsing at Horizon Lanka. We have unlimited internet. So it is a big chance for us. We can download the things we need immediately as we have unlimited internet access. I also have some experiences in teaching. I was a computer instructor to junior students at Horizon Lanka.

Now I am doing a job as a graphic designer in Colombo. I got all these opportunities due to the experiences I got at Horizon Lanka.

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Radhika Doing a Presentation
Radhika Doing a Presentation

I was lucky to get a chance to work as a trainee at EucoCenter DDC in Colombo. I went to EC on 22nd of October and stayed there 2 months till 22nd of December with two of my friends Iresha and Ruvini. First I would like to thank Mr. Mano Sekaram and Mr. Johann De Cruz for giving this opportunity to us.

Once I went to the EC I was bit scared to work because we didn’t know them and didn’t know much about Colombo. But they were very good and helped us every time. They were very friendly and we could work easily with them.

During those two months I learned a lot of things there. I saw how a company is running. I didn’t know how a company works. And I saw how people work together and teamwork. I got a chance to work with a team. We have many responsibilities when we are working with a team. There is a sport club at EC. At EC we designed their sports club website. We got helps from the EC employees too. Actually that was our main project at EC. We didn’t know how to handle project in correct way. We got lots of experiences doing this project. There is a method to do a project. First we should have a "kick-off meeting" and then we have to gather requirements. Then we have to draw Story Boards. After that we should design the main templates and develop the site. We followed this method and we succeeded.

We learned lots of software when we were doing the EC sports club website. We learned Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Fireworks, Macromedia Dreamweaver, CSS, Java Script, Macromedia Flash etc. And also we learned about Web servers, Internet and CMS.

I got a chance to participate in two special occasions. They were Christmas Party and year End Party. I didn’t have participated in a Christmas party before. I got a gift from Santa too and got lots of experiences. I was really happy to participate in Year End party too. And also I participated in a Table Tennis tournament too. I got a chance to play as well.

As I mentioned at EC we learned lots of things. Actually the employs are very good and very helpful. I should thank all of them for their kindness. Every time when we were at EC they were with us to take care and help.

And also I would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Charles who gave us accommodations and foods. We stayed their house in Rajagiriya and we were very comfortable there. And also I should thank Mrs. Muththamma and her family for taking care of us and treating us well.

I forgot something to write in my story. I learned Table Tennis as well at EC. I was very keen to learn Table Tennis when they were playing. Ruvini, Iresha and me learned Table Tennis we used to play Table Tennis during our lunch time.

I got lots of experiences working at Eurocenter. And also I got lots of nice friends, helps for Eurocenter to learn things. I would like to thank again all of EC people for helping us and being nice friends. Thank you!

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Horizon Lanka Foundation

Location: Anuradhapura, North Central Provin - Sri Lanka
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Project Leader:
Nandasiri Wanninayaka
Chief Executive Officer
Anuradhapura, North Central Province Sri Lanka

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