Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

Aitken Spence launches English and IT teaching programme


Aitken Spence PLC has launched Empowering Sri Lanka First, English and IT teaching programme for children from its neighbouri­ng communitie­s as its flagship corporate community engagement initiative.

The leading diversifie­d conglomera­te commenced the pilot phase of the English programme benefiting 180 students in Dambulla, Ahungalla and Mawaramand­iya in May.

The eight-year-old students follow a globally recognised British Council syllabus combined with accompanyi­ng teaching material delivered by local teachers who have completed British Council conducted teacher training.

Aitken Spence was recognized as Sri Lanka’s Best Corporate Citizen for 2012 by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.

“With a leading presence in some of Sri Lanka’s key sectors, Aitken Spence has over the years engaged in numerous programmes to enrich the lives of our neighbouri­ng communitie­s across the island. Empowering Sri Lanka First is intended to add more focus to our community engagement­s by concentrat­ing on two key enablers for young students to achieve their true potential, thereby contributi­ng to the sustainabl­e developmen­t of the communi- ties in which we operate”, said J M S Brito, Deputy Chairman & Managing Director of Aitken Spence PLC.

“Our plan is to expand the programme to dozens of local communitie­s within a few years with the support of our many internatio­nal and local partners who enjoy longstandi­ng relationsh­ips with Aitken Spence”, he added.

The Company’s unique model enrols students for a three-year programme to learn the English language and informatio­n technology during weekly classes conducted at each locality. Aitken Spence plans to launch the IT module in September this year at all three locations.

Teachers for the programme are recruited from the same communitie­s and trained on the curriculum so that they can use and benefit from the new teaching methods in their own careers and create more value for the learning process of more students in these communitie­s.

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