Knowledge of English is essential for success in today’s society. However, children in most rural schools face a disadvantage in learning English due to lack of trained teachers and resources. The Lycans sought to bridge this gap in a school in Galewela.In partnership with CandleAid Sri Lanka, the Lycans sponsored the establishment of an English resource centre at St. Anthony’s Central Secondary School atWasalakotte, Galewala.
CandleAid Lanka had identified the need for an English resource centreat St. Anthony’s Central Secondary School. In responding to the need, the Lycans first visited the school to assess the standard of English among the pupils. The responsesthey received from Grade 3 students they interviewed showed how serious the problem was, but they were heartened by the determination and commitment of the school’s English teachers.
Though the project was originally focused on book donations to the school library, Lycans also decided to provide furniture for the library, dongles, cartoons, CDs and headsets.
To raise funds for the initiative, the Lycans organised an innovative ‘shorts day’ calledTGIS (thank God it’s shorts day) at MillenniumIT. This was adjudged the best fund raising activity as it was the most creative and facilitated the participation of all MillenniumIT staff. Other fundraising efforts including an air-rifle shooting contest, and an ‘evening with Tony’ at which a group of young entrepreneurs had the opportunity to talk with the MillenniumIT Chairman and entrepreneurial innovator Tony Weeresinghe.
The Lycans project was voted the winner of the best project and the overall winner of the Social Entrepreneur Programme for 2012.