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Volunteers for English in Sri Lanka (VESL) was established to provide children at rural Sri Lankan schools with the opportunity to gain from enthusiastic and creative native English speakers. VESL's projects aim to encourage learning, advance confidence levels in spoken English and promote cultural understanding.
Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is an island country in South Asia, located in the Indian Ocean to the southwest of the Bay of Bengal and to the southeast of the Arabian Sea. The island is geographically separated from the Indian subcontinent by the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait. The legislative capital, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, is a suburb of the commercial capital and largest city, Colombo.
VESL is a charity that aims to provide unique, exciting and worthwhile volunteering opportunities for adults of all ages in rural communities across Sri Lanka. Each year VESL volunteers run a series of English summer schools for pupils and teachers in Sri Lanka, and in 2006 VESL also hopes to run a series of teacher-training workshops for specialist English teachers in the country.
True Volunteer Foundation is part of a UK registered charity which provides funding for charitable projects to improve the lives of children worldwide. This is achieved through a combination of fundraising events, corporate sponsorship and individual donations.
The China Youth Development Foundation (CYDF) is a national non-profit and non-governmental organization founded in March 1989 in Beijing. The CYDF works to develop Chinese youth through education, science and technology, culture, physical education, health, and environmental protection. The CYDF is best known for launching and managing its largest program to date, "Project Hope." Project Hope has sought to help school dropouts in poor remote regions return to school and complete at least an elementary education.
Suas Educational Development is a secular registered charity in Ireland. It tackles educational disadvantage in India, Kenya and Ireland and has a strong ethos of youth development. Suas was founded by a group of students from Trinity College Dublin in 2002 and is currently one of the fastest growing charities in Ireland with an annual income of over $1.3m and a staff base of 14 at its offices Dublin. Suas partners with several education NGOs in the developing world in order to provide quality education to underprivileged youth. These include Development Action Society - Kolkata, Sabuj Sangha - Kolkata, Vikramshila - Kolkata, Gatoto Community Primary School- Nairobi, Maweni Primary Schools- Mombasa and Kongowea Primary Schools- Mombasa.
Dr. Christopher William Wijekoon Kannangara was a Sri Lankan lawyer and a politician. Rising up the ranks of Sri Lanka's movement for independence in the early part of the 20th century, he became the first Minister of Education in the State Council of Ceylon, and was instrumental in introducing extensive reforms to the country's education system that opened up education to children from all levels of society.
Overseas Sri Lankan Muslim Educational Trust or OSMET is an educational charity inaugurated in 1981 to provide higher education scholarships to under-privileged Sri Lankan Muslims in the fields of science, IT, engineering and medicine. To date OSMET has been able to assist over 600 students in one form or another. Their goal is to become one of the premier scholarship funds in Sri Lanka.
Swami Vipulananda, also known as Vipulananda Adigal, was a Sri Lankan Tamil Hindu social reformer, literary critic, author, poet, teacher and ascetic from the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka. Vipulanada was an early pioneer associated with the Indian-based Ramakrishna Mission in Sri Lanka. Along with other reformers, Vipulanada was instrumental in the revival of the Hindu religion and native traditions in Sri Lanka after a long period of dormancy and decline during the previous 500 years of colonial rule by various European powers.
Cambridge SCA is a registered charity which encourages and provides community volunteering opportunities for the students of the University of Cambridge. Projects typically provide services to disadvantaged groups within the local community and provide students with valuable learning opportunities and a chance to make a difference. Cambridge SCA runs 10 of its own 'Internal Projects', each of which are headed by student Project Leaders - these projects include 'Big Siblings', 'Parklife', 'Betty Stubbens Musical Entertainment Group' and 'Teaching English as a Second Language'. They also offer volunteering opportunities with over 60 external organisations, such as Cambridge Carbon Footprint, Headway and the Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre.
SHIVA Charity was established in 1995 in order to promote education in Nepal and Sri Lanka. It rebuilt 28 tsunami destroyed nursery schools in Sri Lanka, and is helping about the same number of infant/junior/secondary schools in Nepal. Apart from rebuilding, SHIVA Charity is involved in helping the general monthly finances of maintaining and running schools, teachers' pay and equipment. However its biggest concern is to provide Resources training for teachers so that they have the ability to teach in a more creative, and child- centred way, giving children the opportunity to develop self confidence, and to enjoy the experience of education, rather than the "chalk and talk" formal way of instruction.
Vidyartha College is an all-male Buddhist institution located in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. The college was founded in 1942 by the Vidyartha Society, and is currently run by the Government of Sri Lanka. The college has two sections: the primary section which includes grades 1-5; and the secondary section which includes students in grades 6-13.
The World Giving Index (WGI) is an annual report published by the Charities Aid Foundation, using data gathered by Gallup, and ranks over 140 countries in the world according to how charitable they are. The aim of the World Giving Index is to provide insight into the scope and nature of giving around the world. The first edition was released in September 2010. The most recent edition was published in November 2016, with Myanmar, the United States and Australia ranking as the top three. New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Canada, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Ireland and United Arab Emirates complete the top ten.
Indrani Iriyagolle was a well-known figure in Sri Lanka for rehabilitation, welfare, women's rights and humanitarian work.
SL2College is an educational Nonprofit organization formed in 2005. The goal of SL2College is "to help Sri Lankan students with their higher education goals by providing information and guidance as necessary". They provide a number of services via their website: www.sl2college.org. Some of these services include an online forum, a one-to-one mentor program, publications in local newspapers, informational seminars at local universities and schools across Sri Lanka, presence at educational exhibitions, internship postings, etc.
EDEX is a multi-stakeholder initiative promoted by the Royal College Union, the alumni association of Royal College Colombo, Sri Lanka. Launched as the annual social responsibility project of Royal College Union with the vision To empower Sri Lankan youth to be globally competitive; EDEX has emerged from being an education and careers exhibition to a multi disciplinary voluntary service organisation that serves the nation with many value additions, including EDEX Expo, EDEX Careers, EDEX Magazine, EDEX Think Green, EDEX Sithuwam and EDEX Live Your Dream.
Millennium Elephant Foundation (MEF) is an organization and charity set up to rescue and care for captive Asian elephants in Sri Lanka. The foundation is situated on a 15 acre estate by the name of Samaragiri, which is located 10 km (6.2 mi) northwest of Kegalle, within the Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. As of 2014 there are 9 elephants that either permanently or temporarily reside at the sanctuary. These elephants are taken care of by 13 local mahouts and a number of foreign volunteers.
EduLanka, also known as edulanka online education school or ඉස්කෝලේ is a Sri Lankan educational website. Sinhala Name is එඩියුලංකා and Tamil name is எடியுலங்கா. EduLanka provides its services free of charge. The test site was built in 2006 and officially launched as edulanka services in May 2007. In 2010, a large update was done for edulanka, after which there was an increase in the number of registrations from local school students, university students, teachers, postgraduate students and others. with online education. Ordinary Level Mathematics, Advanced Level Science and Mathematics, SLAS Exam Help and Government Job Information are the most popular areas among students.
The Stitch Movement, also commonly referred to as STITCH, is a youth volunteer group based in Sri Lanka that strives to 'stitch' together two communities: citizens who need help and those who want to help. STITCH has a registered volunteer count of over 300 but is run with an initial core team of 4 people, which has now grown to 8. Their tagline is 'sensitise|inspire|empower|mobilise'. They strive to inspire, sensitize, empower & mobilize youth to be agents of social transformation in their respective communities through activism and volunteerism in Sri Lanka. It is a not-for-profit and runs entirely on a volunteer basis. It has no political, religious, or racial ties or bias.
True Volunteer Foundation (TVF) is a non-governmental organisation which aims to empower people through education. It is headquartered in London, England and was established in 2004. Though its aims to eliminate poverty are similar to many charities, it differs through its operating model, which emphasises a low cost base and works to link together the corporate sector, small charity partners and volunteers. Its core principle and trademark is Pay to Work, and its volunteering ethos is based on the vision that everyone should have a social career which is run in parallel with their paid jobs or studies.
Education Partnerships Africa is a volunteer-run charity which sends UK university students to work in rural secondary schools in East Africa. It aims to benefit students in East Africa by improving education in its partner schools, and to give personal development opportunities to UK university students. It was established in Kisii in 1990 as The Kenya Project. Since then it has expanded to two further sites: Kakamega in Kenya and Mbarara in Uganda, and now works with around 30 schools each summer.
Capokolam is a Charitable Incorporated Organization registered in the United Kingdom with the Charity Commission, operating since 2015 in the East, Central and North of Sri Lanka. The organization provides educational programs to marginalized children in all communities struggling from the aftermath of the Sri Lankan Civil War, the 2004 Asian tsunami and endemic socioeconomic issues in Sri Lanka. Part of their approach is to bring together local and international communities and volunteers, and fuse their cultural outlooks and artistry to rehabilitate children through the medium of Capoeira.
TVET in Sri Lanka refers to the development and implementation of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the Sri Lankan education system and labor market. In Sri Lanka, the formal TVET sector comprises about 635 public sector training centres and 718 private and NGO training centres. A large number of non-formal TVET providers also provide training in IT on a fee-for-service basis, and there is a widespread network of non-fee-levying institutions that are funded by various national and international charities. These providers educate people of all ages — from secondary school leavers to working adults, parents and others who have suspended their education for various reasons and need training or retraining.