Educate Lanka Foundation

Educate Lanka Foundation

Realizing that while talent is universal, opportunity is not, our mission is to democratize opportunity for everyone. www.educatelanka.org

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Photos from Educate Lanka Foundation's post 13/03/2024

In July 2023, Educate Lanka initiated a new portfolio in Dickoya in the Nuwara Eliya District, Central Province of Sri Lanka with the support of Ratnatunga Charity Projects, Australia. 15 new Educate Lanka Scholars received their first scholarships at this Scholarship Distribution. We are enormously grateful to Ratnatunga Charity Projects for partnering with us and for sponsoring the education of all of these students in this new portfolio.

Photos from Educate Lanka Foundation's post 15/02/2024

In Decemer 2023, we held a scholarship distribution for our Scholars based in Pugoda, Gampaha District, Western Province of Sri Lanka. Five (5) Educate Lanka Scholars received their scholarships at this Scholarship Distribution.

Photos from Educate Lanka Foundation's post 22/12/2023

Training of Trainers (TOT) ensures that program impact is sustainable, long-term, and multiplying which enables scalability and greater community reach. The lead trainers of the Educate Lanka Youth Change Agents (ELYCA) 2023 program invested considerable time this year to train our field trainers to effectively deliver training on the ground with little guidance. The ELYCA program looks into integrating TOT as a key aspect for its next cycle. We are very grateful to our lead skills trainers for mentoring our field trainers during the program as well as on their own personal time.

Photos from Educate Lanka Foundation's post 08/12/2023

We are thankful for our partnership with GQG Partners based in the USA, and the GQG Partners Community Empowerment Foundation, which focuses on education, women’s rights, and access to food and healthcare for the extremely vulnerable. Over 30 Educate Lanka Scholars are supported through this partnership, ensuring that these students have uninterrupted access to education and better learning opportunities. The partnership also extended to providing direct economic relief to over 100 families of students who have been severely affected by the recent economic crisis in Sri Lanka.
In the post: GQG Scholars and other Educate Lanka Scholars in the Talawakelle area in Nuwara Eliya District receiving their scholarships earlier this year

Photos from Educate Lanka Foundation's post 28/11/2023

Educate Lanka Youth Change Agents (ELYCA) 2023 conducted in Menikdiwela, Kandy District, Central Province of Sri Lanka.

Educate Lanka launched the latest chapter of the Educate Lanka Youth Change Agents Initiative - ELYCA 2023 - in June with the support of Ratnatunga Charity Projects, Australia. ELYCA is a 3-month immersive learning intervention that provides the underserved youth an opportunity to develop and practice foundational social emotional learning skills, including essential 21st century skills, professional skills, and leadership skills through a unique blend of classroom and project-based learning. ELYCA 2023 targeted to empower a total of 150 youth from diverse communities from Nuwara Eliya and Kandy districts. This year, the initiative also trained 10 community-based teachers as future trainers, and the 150 youth participants collectively designed and implemented 15 impactful and sustainable community development projects with multiplying long-term impact as a way of applying their learning in the real world. ELYCA is committed to continue to empower Sri Lanka’s youth to become empathic, engaged, and responsible citizens who are motivated to take initiative and make positive and lasting changes for themselves and the larger society.

We are so grateful for the overall support and encouragement extended to ELYCA by the Ratnatunga Charity Projects, Australia, our trainers and training developers, community leaders, and field volunteers for making ELYCA 2023 possible.

Photos from Educate Lanka Foundation's post 16/11/2023

In October 2023, Educate Lanka initiated a new portfolio in the Menikdiwela area in Kadugannawa, Kandy District, Central Province of Sri Lanka. Eight new Educate Lanka Scholars received their first scholarships at this Scholarship Distribution. We are enormously grateful to Ratnatunga Charity Projects, Australia for partnering with us and for sponsoring the education of all eight of these students in this new portfolio.

Photos from Educate Lanka Foundation's post 17/08/2023

Educate Lanka Youth Change Agents (ELYCA) 2023 conducted in Hatton, Nuwara Eliya District.

Educate Lanka launched the latest chapter of the Educate Lanka Youth Change Agents Initiative - ELYCA 2023 - in June with the support of Ratnatunga Charity Projects, Australia. ELYCA is a 3-month immersive learning intervention that provides the underserved youth an opportunity to develop and practice foundational social emotional learning skills, including essential 21st century skills, professional skills, and leadership skills through a unique blend of classroom and project-based learning. ELYCA 2023 targeted to empower a total of 150 youth from diverse communities from Nuwara Eliya and Kandy districts. This year, the initiative also trained 10 community-based teachers as future trainers, and the 150 youth participants collectively designed and implemented 15 impactful and sustainable community development projects with multiplying long-term impact as a way of applying their learning in the real world. ELYCA is committed to continue to empower Sri Lanka’s youth to become empathic, engaged, and responsible citizens who are motivated to take initiative and make positive and lasting changes for themselves and the larger society.

We are so grateful for the overall support and encouragement extended to ELYCA by the Ratnatunga Charity Projects, Australia, our trainers and training developers, community leaders, and field volunteers for making ELYCA 2023 possible.

Photos from Educate Lanka Foundation's post 04/08/2023

Educate Lanka launched the latest chapter of the Educate Lanka Youth Change Agents Initiative - ELYCA 2023 - in June with the support of Ratnatunga Charity Projects, Australia. ELYCA is a 3-month immersive learning intervention that provides the underserved youth an opportunity to develop and practice foundational social emotional learning skills, including essential 21st century skills, professional skills, and leadership skills through a unique blend of classroom and project-based learning. ELYCA 2023 targeted to empower a total of 150 youth from diverse communities from Nuwara Eliya and Kandy districts. This year, the initiative also trained 10 community-based teachers as future trainers, and the 150 youth participants collectively designed and implemented 15 impactful and sustainable community development projects with multiplying long-term impact as a way of applying their learning in the real world. ELYCA is committed to continue to empower Sri Lanka’s youth to become empathic, engaged, and responsible citizens who are motivated to take initiative and make positive and lasting changes for themselves and the larger society.

We are so grateful for the overall support and encouragement extended to ELYCA by the Ratnatunga Charity Projects, Australia, our trainers and training developers, community leaders, and field volunteers for making ELYCA 2023 possible.

Photos from Educate Lanka Foundation's post 13/02/2023

In December 2022, we held a scholarship distribution in Hanguranketha, in the Nuwara Eliya District, of the Central Province of Sri Lanka. Seven (7) Educate Lanka Scholars received scholarships on this occasion with the participation and support of the Divisional Secretary and Child and Women Development Officers of the Hanguranketha Divisional Secretariat.

Photos from Educate Lanka Foundation's post 01/02/2023

Direct Relief to Students and Families Affected by Sri Lanka’s Economic Crisis: Central Province (Multiple locations)

The negative impact of economic shocks such as the current crisis in has disproportionately affected families and households from socioeconomically challenged backgrounds. In response to the ongoing economic emergency in Sri Lanka, Educate Lanka partnered with the Sri Lanka Association of New England - SLANE and other independent donors to initiate a special program in June 2022 to distribute direct relief to severely impacted students and their families through our school and community networks in the Central, Northern, North Central, Eastern, Western, Sabaragamuwa, and the Southern provinces of Sri Lanka.

This initiative will support over 200 marginalized families reaching a total of nearly 1,000 individuals under the initial partnership with SLANE and expects to reach more families in our continued collaboration with them and other partners. Currently, each household receives a grocery/cash voucher of Rs.10,000 (~$30) to spend on essentials such as food, medicine, education supplies, and other subsistence needs as required.

If you wish to contribute to the ongoing efforts under this program, please donate to SLANE’s GFM page here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/aid-for-srilanka-crisis

Photos from Educate Lanka Foundation's post 22/12/2022

Direct Relief to Students and Families Affected by Sri Lanka’s Economic Crisis:
Central Province (Nuwara Eliya District - Dickoya, Norwood, and Lindula)

The negative impact of economic shocks such as the current crisis in has disproportionately affected families and households from socioeconomically challenged backgrounds. In response to the ongoing economic emergency in Sri Lanka, Educate Lanka partnered with the Sri Lanka Association of New England - SLANE and other independent donors to initiate a special program in June 2022 to distribute direct relief to severely impacted students and their families through our school and community networks in the Central, Northern, North Central, Eastern, Western, Sabaragamuwa, and the Southern provinces of Sri Lanka.

This initiative will support over 200 marginalized families reaching a total of nearly 1,000 individuals under the initial partnership with SLANE and expects to reach more families in our continued collaboration with them and other partners. Currently, each household receives a grocery/cash voucher of Rs.10,000 (~$30) to spend on essentials such as food, medicine, education supplies, and other subsistence needs as required.

If you wish to contribute to the ongoing efforts under this program, please donate to SLANE’s GFM page here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/aid-for-srilanka-crisis

Photos from Educate Lanka Foundation's post 19/12/2022

Educate Lanka's Equitable New Generations ( ) 2022 participants successfully completed our 3-month learning pilot and received their certificates in November 2022. As part of the hybrid nature of the program, the certificate distribution, too, took place both in person and virtually, as the participants are spread across the country, in four (4) districts of Sri Lanka, covering the North, Central, and Western Provinces. We are extremely proud of these youth and look forward to the positive changes they will make in their communities and in the society at large, equipped with the skills, exposure, and experience they have gained and put into practice through . We wish them all the best in all their future endeavors!

15/12/2022

The 2022 participants who successfully completed our 3-month hybrid DEI learning pilot! These youth from diverse backgrounds from four (4) districts of Sri Lanka covering the North, Central, and Western Provinces, have been empowered with skills, exposure, and experience to become a socially and globally-conscious “New Generation” equipped to tackle the systemic inequalities and injustices of our times.

Photos from Educate Lanka Foundation's post 12/12/2022

Eastern Province (Ampara District)

The negative impact of economic shocks such as the current crisis in has disproportionately affected families and households from socioeconomically challenged backgrounds. In response to the ongoing economic emergency in Sri Lanka, Educate Lanka partnered with the Sri Lanka Association of New England - SLANE and other independent donors to initiate a special program in June 2022 to distribute direct relief to severely impacted students and their families through our school and community networks in the Central, Northern, North Central, Eastern, Western, Sabaragamuwa, and the Southern provinces of Sri Lanka.

This initiative will support over 200 marginalized families reaching a total of nearly 1,000 individuals under the initial partnership with SLANE and expects to reach more families in our continued collaboration with them and other partners. Currently, each household receives a grocery/cash voucher of Rs.10,000 (~$30) to spend on essentials such as food, medicine, education supplies, and other subsistence needs as required.

If you wish to contribute to the ongoing efforts under this program, please donate to SLANE’s GFM page here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/aid-for-srilanka-crisis

Photos from Educate Lanka Foundation's post 09/12/2022

Educate Lanka's Equitable New Generations (ENGene) program worked with international experts who peer-reviewed the training curriculum, and with the help of our designers we produced a creative student workbook and trainers’ handbook which are replicable blueprints for future scale and replication of this pilot. This workbook is an integral part of the participants' training as it enables self-learning among the students, giving them the opportunity to practice and express in their own words the theoretical components learned during the virtual sessions.

Photos from Educate Lanka Foundation's post 06/12/2022

Sabaragamuwa Province (Kegalle District - Aranayaka)

The negative impact of economic shocks such as the current crisis in has disproportionately affected families and households from socioeconomically challenged backgrounds. In response to the ongoing economic emergency in Sri Lanka, Educate Lanka partnered with the Sri Lanka Association of New England - SLANE and other independent donors to initiate a special program in June 2022 to distribute direct relief to severely impacted students and their families through our school and community networks in the Central, Northern, North Central, Eastern, Western, Sabaragamuwa, and the Southern provinces of Sri Lanka.

This initiative will support over 200 marginalized families reaching a total of nearly 1,000 individuals under the initial partnership with SLANE and expects to reach more families in our continued collaboration with them and other partners. Currently, each household receives a grocery/cash voucher of Rs.10,000 (~$30) to spend on essentials such as food, medicine, education supplies, and other subsistence needs as required.

If you wish to contribute to the ongoing efforts under this program, please donate to SLANE’s GFM page here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/aid-for-srilanka-crisis

Photos from Educate Lanka Foundation's post 29/11/2022

In September 2022, Educate Lanka Country Director, Dhanusha Amarasinghe, and Educate Lanka Program Coordinator, Naresh Annasamy, met the District Hub Coordinator, Prashanthan Visvalingam, and the six (6) Equitable New Generations (ENGene) participants of the ENGene Nuwara Eliya Hub, in Lindula, Nuwara Eliya District, Central Province of Sri Lanka. Most of the DEI training under ENGene was carried out virtually, but as a hybrid program, the participants also benefit from such in person meet-ups. This was a wonderful and insightful opportunity for the participants to meet Educate Lanka staff face to face and to exchange their ideas and experiences with ENGene so far, and to share their input on the program content, curriculum, and training methodology.

Photos from Educate Lanka Foundation's post 09/11/2022

We held a Walk-In Scholarship Distribution for our Educate Lanka Scholars from Kandy and Gampola areas in November 2022, while following Covid-19 health precautions. As a response to the challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we commit to carry on with remote and walk-in scholarship distributions.

Photos from Educate Lanka Foundation's post 03/11/2022

Northern Province (Jaffna and Mannar Districts)

The negative impact of economic shocks such as the current crisis in has disproportionately affected families and households from socioeconomically challenged backgrounds. In response to the ongoing economic emergency in Sri Lanka, Educate Lanka partnered with the Sri Lanka Association of New England - SLANE and other independent donors to initiate a special program in June 2022 to distribute direct relief to severely impacted students and their families through our school and community networks in the Central, Northern, North Central, Eastern, Western, Sabaragamuwa, and the Southern provinces of Sri Lanka.

This initiative will support over 200 marginalized families reaching a total of nearly 1,000 individuals under the initial partnership with SLANE and expects to reach more families in our continued collaboration with them and other partners. Currently, each household receives a grocery/cash voucher of Rs.10,000 (~$30) to spend on essentials such as food, medicine, education supplies, and other subsistence needs as required.

If you wish to contribute to the ongoing efforts under this program, please donate to SLANE’s GFM page here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/aid-for-srilanka-crisis

Photos from Educate Lanka Foundation's post 20/10/2022

In August 2022, the Orientation of ENGene was conducted by our two (2) Local Trainers with the support of our four (4) District Hub Coordinators and Educate Lanka staff, in order to introduce ENGene to our participants and to help them be prepared to make the most of this unique 3-month DEI learning and training program.

18/10/2022

A "Training of Trainers" was carried out as an initial step of ENGene (Equitable New Generations) in July 2022. The session was conducted by Curriculum Designer and Trainer of ENGene, Elena Messiou (DEI Learning Specialist | Innovation Lecturer | Startup Trainer) of Inholland University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands with the participation of our two (2) local trainers and four (4) student coordinators who joined in virtually from the various locations they are based in across Sri Lanka.

11/10/2022

We are thankful to the Curriculum Designer and Trainer of ENGene (Equitable New Generations), Elena Messiou (DEI Learning Specialist | Innovation Lecturer | Startup Trainer) of Inholland University of Applied Sciences, for her invaluable contribution in designing our DEI curriculum and for training our local trainers and student coordinators. A special thanks also goes out to our two Local Trainers and four Student Coordinators for their continuous support in carrying out this training program.

Photos from Educate Lanka Foundation's post 30/09/2022

Southern Province (Hambanthota District - Tissamaharama)

The negative impact of economic shocks such as the current crisis in has disproportionately affected families and households from socioeconomically challenged backgrounds. In response to the ongoing economic emergency in Sri Lanka, Educate Lanka partnered with the Sri Lanka Association of New England - SLANE and other independent donors to initiate a special program in June 2022 to distribute direct relief to severely impacted students and their families through our school and community networks in the Central, Northern, North Central, Eastern, Western, Sabaragamuwa, and the Southern provinces of Sri Lanka.

This initiative will support over 200 marginalized families reaching a total of nearly 1,000 individuals under the initial partnership with SLANE and expects to reach more families in our continued collaboration with them and other partners. Currently, each household receives a grocery/cash voucher of Rs.10,000 (~$30) to spend on essentials such as food, medicine, education supplies, and other subsistence needs as required.

If you wish to contribute to the ongoing efforts under this program, please donate to SLANE’s GFM page here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/aid-for-srilanka-crisis

Photos from Educate Lanka Foundation's post 15/09/2022
12/09/2022

Educate Lanka, extending its continuous partnership with the United States Embassy, Colombo, launched the latest addition to its skills training intervention with the new program: Equitable New Generations (ENGene). ENGene was initiated with the goal of bridging the vast gaps in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) learning and education opportunities for the youth of Sri Lanka, in particular for the youth from socioeconomically marginalized communities.

This hybrid DEI learning pilot is a 3-month project-based training program that empowers 25 socio-economically marginalized and diverse youth from four (4) districts of Sri Lanka covering the North, Central, and Western Provinces with skills, exposure, and experience to become a socially and globally-conscious “New Generation” equipped to tackle the systemic inequalities and injustices of our times.

We are thankful to our Curriculum Designer and Trainer, Elena Messiou (DEI Learning Specialist | Innovation Lecturer | Startup Trainer) of Inholland University of Applied Sciences, for her invaluable contribution in designing our DEI curriculum and for training our local trainers and student coordinators. We are also grateful to our international experts who peer-reviewed the training curriculum, and our designers for preparing a creative student workbook and trainers’ handbook which are replicable blueprints for future scale and replication of this pilot.

Please stay tuned for updates on the progress of this exciting new project on our social media platforms.

Photos from Educate Lanka Foundation's post 09/08/2022

This year, Educate Lanka further expanded its reach by inaugurating two (2) new portfolios in Galle, in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka with the support of the Southern Social Centre. 16 new Educate Lanka Scholars joined the Educate Lanka family and received their first scholarships in February 2022 through the new portfolio managed by Mr. Suresh Liyanage. We are extremely thankful for the support we receive from such experienced government social workers who have independently engaged with us as Liaison Officers to help coordinate efforts in the Southern Province.

Photos from Educate Lanka Foundation's post 25/07/2022

We held a Scholarship Distribution in Tissamaharama, in the Hambantota District, Southern Province of Sri Lanka in February 2022 for 29 Educate Lanka Scholars, while following Covid-19 health precautions.

Aid for Sri Lanka Crisis, organized by Sri Lanka Association of New England Inc (Slane) 29/04/2022

Amid the current economic crisis in , we are collaborating with our long-term partner - Sri Lanka Association of New England - SLANE - to distribute relief to deserving families through our school and community networks across the country. We are one of the 3 community organizations leading the distributions under this fundraiser, and we anticipate to serve nearly 200 families covering all demographics through our reach. Each family will receive a Rs.10,000 (~$30) Food City voucher, including Rs.3,000 for school and education supplies. If you wish to contribute, please DONATE via the GoFundMe page linked below. If any questions, please drop us a message.
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Aid for Sri Lanka Crisis, organized by Sri Lanka Association of New England Inc (Slane) Sri Lanka is facing the worst economic crisis in its history… Sri Lanka Association of New England Inc (Slane) needs your support for Aid for Sri Lanka Crisis

Photos from Educate Lanka Foundation's post 01/02/2022

OUR NEW NORMAL: Walk-in Scholarship Distributions

We held a Walk-In Scholarship Distribution for our Educate Lanka Scholars from Aranayaka (Kegalle District, Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka) in January 2022, while following Covid-19 health precautions. As a response to the challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we commit to carry on with remote and walk-in scholarship distributions until the pandemic situation in the country becomes favourable for travel for in-field operations.

23/12/2021

We are proud to present Educate Lanka Youth Change Agents, based in 5 districts, across 4 provinces in Sri Lanka, who successfully completed an extensive training and learning program launched by Educate Lanka in 2021 with the support of the United States Embassy, Colombo. Over a 10-month period, these Youth Change Agents were provided with virtual skills training, self-learning experiences, and peer-coaching opportunities through Educate Lanka’s network of partners, including private sector corporations such as Sysco Labs and Standard Chartered Bank, international institutions such as the Smithsonian Science and Education Center and St. Mark's School, USA, as well as multiple independent professional training bodies and providers. Equipped with this unique learning experience, each of the 26 Youth Change Agents concluded the program by designing and implementing individual Community Development Projects that would contribute to the advancement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With the support of all program stakeholders, the ELYCA program exceeded our expectations of providing a quality and equitable learning opportunity to Sri Lanka’s underprivileged youth at a time when access to learning has been significantly hindered by the COVID-19 pandemic and set a blueprint for future replication.

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