Laugfs hosts Nana Maga Math Camp in Matara

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The Laugfs Nana Maga Math Camps con­ducted in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion marked an­other mile­stone of as­sist­ing over 1,500 stu­dents to strengthen their math­e­mat­ics knowl­edge through skill en­hance­ment.

The 10th pro­gramme was re­cently con­ducted in Matara with over 150 G.C.E. (Or­di­nary Level) stu­dents.

The Laugfs Nana Maga Math Camps project was launched last year to­gether with the Math­e­mat­ics Branch of the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, as a spe­cial ed­u­ca­tional pro­gramme to aug­ment the math­e­mat­ics knowl­edge of G.C.E (Or­di­nary Level) stu­dents.

“Our aim is to con­tin­u­ously enhance the ap­ti­tude and skills of our stu­dents. Math­e­mat­ics is a core sub­ject that helps de­velop an­a­lyt­i­cal skills, which is ap­pli­ca­ble in any pro­fes­sion and is there­fore es­sen­tial for ca­reer pro­gres­sion,” re­marked Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry Sec­re­tary Su­nil Het­tiarachchi. “Through the first phase, we fa­cil­i­tated pro­grammes in 29 schools in the South­ern Prov­ince. The ses­sions helped the stu­dents to delve deeper into the sub­ject and broaden their knowl­edge by learn­ing new math­e­mat­i­cal ap­pli­ca­tion tech­niques. Pro­vid­ing a qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion is vi­tal - our in­ten­tion is to in­stil a solid foun­da­tion for young ta­lent, which will shape our coun­try’s fu­ture.”

Fol­low­ing an ac­cel­er­ated teach­ing method­ol­ogy and ac­tiv­ity-based learn­ing tech­niques, the three-day pro­grammes in­cor­po­rated com­pre­hen­sive and in­ter­ac­tive learn­ing ses­sions in a con­ducive learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

“Math­e­mat­ics has al­ways been a sub­ject area of dif­fi­culty for me. But, the dif­fer­ent ses­sions con­ducted by the teach­ers dur­ing the camp has helped us to learn sim­ple ways to com­pre­hend cer­tain sub­ject ar­eas which we have been strug­gling with. I never thought that study­ing math­e­mat­ics can be so in­ter­est­ing and en­joy­able,” com­mented Jee­wan­tha Sand­haruwan, one of the stu­dents who took part in the math camps.

Ber­ala­panan­thara College Matara Prin­ci­pal Su­san­tha Vithanage said: “We see a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment in the in­ter­est lev­els of stu­dents in the math­e­mat­ics sub­ject fol­low­ing the camps. This ini­tia­tive is a great value ad­di­tion for stu­dents to el­e­vate and en­rich their knowl­edge, and the teach­ers are able to in­cor­po­rate ad­vanced teach­ing tech­niques and spend ad­di­tional time as­sist­ing stu­dents.” Dur­ing the first phase of the project, 3,000 sup­ple­men­tary mod­ules were handed over to the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion by Laugfs, which were dis­trib­uted among stu­dents dur­ing the math camps con­ducted in El­pi­tiya, Ahangama, Am­balan­goda, Dikkubura, Balapi­tiya, Tan­galle, Ko­tap­ola, Matara, Akurassa, Kam­bu­ruga­muwa and other schools in the area.

“Our part­ner­ship with the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion stemmed with the aim of em­pow­er­ing and nur­tur­ing our coun­try’s fu­ture lead­ers,” stated Laugfs Hold­ings Manag­ing Di­rec­tor Thi­lak De Silva. “By pro­vid­ing a plat­form to in­still sound math­e­mat­i­cal knowl­edge in stu­dents, they are able to de­velop es­sen­tial skills to pur­sue higher stud­ies and build a suc­cess­ful ca­reer. Through the first phase of the Laugfs Nana Maga Pro­gramme, thou­sands of stu­dents have gained ac­cess to a qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme within the school cur­ricu­lum. Through the Laugfs Nana Maga pro­gramme we aim to re­in­force our com­mit­ment to build a re­spon­si­ble and em­pow­ered fu­ture gen­er­a­tion to strengthen our na­tion’s fu­ture work­force.” Thaliya’

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