At the end of my first visit to Sri-Lanka and on the homeward bound trip,
I stayed at a hotel called Browns Beach near Negumbo.
Whilst strolling along the beachside I encountered some 20 plus students,
All anxious to speak with a FOREIGNER ! yes me, I was that english speaking person.
We struck up an instant rapport, as I tried to communicate, with very bad laryngitis and a broad Yorkshire accent. Photographs were taken, lots of fairly disjointed conversations were recorded and I was rewarded with an ice cream.
This was the beginning of what was to become the Sunray English Institute as over subsequent years I funded computers and software packages to teach English & computer studies.
From small acorns grow large Oak Trees !
Some of the students pictured after the presentation of certificates October 2006
This is the 2nd year of our annual event.
The students ages range from 14-16 years and they study each evening for 3 terms.
This culminates in an exam in spoken english, written english and a narrative subject such as a play or informative lecture on various topics.Succesful students are then awarded a certificate in English profiency which is accepted by many employers as an academic acheivement, and in many cases helps them secure better employment.
Of the students on the course, each year just one of them is nominated as student of the Year! They are then presented with the Bridge4Hope charity sheild and 5000 rps prize money. This cash will give them a small financial incentive for their future studies etc.
Class of 2005
Thushari, in centre of picture wearing Orange was the first recipient of the Bridge4hope charity shield.She contiued to help support the new classes up until taking her nre position as a school teacher in 2007.