Patrick Gallagher, CEO HSBC handing over the project confirmation
letter to Prashan De Visser, President of Sri Lanka Unites
With many challenging conditions, brought on by a three decade long civil war in the Mullaitivu district, students who sit their A/L examinations often find it difficult to compete for university entry, resulting in many drop outs. Without adequate qualifications, they are often forced to take up manual labour with only a very small number being able to take up skilled labour. The remaining students are forced to travel to far regions to find opportunities to pursue their higher education with the hope of entering university.
Under this initiative, 150 deserving students from challenging backgrounds (mother is the sole breadwinner, differently abled or disabled family member and students from low income families) aged 15-25 years, will be given the opportunity to follow IT, Business Entrepreneurial Studies and English Language courses.
As such selected students will be able to complete a Diploma in IT (with accreditation by Edexcel, UK), Basic Diploma in Business Entrepreneurial studies and Basic English courses based on the Tea Leaf Vision syllabus, by attending weekday, weekend classes. These will be conducted at the fully equipped reconciliation centres in Mullaitivu, set up by Sri Lanka Unites with the support of the British High Commission in Sri Lanka.
Patrick Gallagher, CEO of HSBC Sri Lanka and Maldives said, “It is imperative that organizations take responsibility of providing academic opportunities, guidance and knowledge to improve the lives of these young people who are the future of our nation. At HSBC education has been a major thrust in our global Corporate Sustainability efforts and this project fits well in addressing the greater need of the country.”
IT courses will be conducted by ESOFT , while the English and business courses will be conducted by Sri Lanka Unites teachers based on elements of the Tea Leaf Vision courses in Maskeliya.
With a view to increasing the employability of these students, GSC will conduct career development training for students in Colombo, where they will receive guidance in personal grooming, self-marketing, and relationship building skills that is needed in a corporate environment.
Equipped with these skills, students will be able to increase their chances of finding suitable employment and similar training will be scheduled in Mullaitivu, subsequently.
Source: Daily News (27-08-2013) [http://www.dailynews.lk/?q=business%2Fhsbc-sri-lanka-unites-upskill-students-north]