Thenmaradchi Educational and Skill Development Awards
One of the founding objectives of TDA is to support the intellectual, cultural and economic development of the people of Thenmaradchi. Development is a long term process and the education and the skill development are the first few necessary steps. A region not blessed with plenty of natural resources has to rely more on knowledge and skills to promote its long term developmental goals.
Thenmaradchi Educational and Skill Development Program is to organise a yearly competitions in Education, Arts, Sports and recognise the talents in Thenmaradchi region at a Kalai-Vizha.
Support for Pre-Schools in Thenmaradchi
TDA UK has initiated a Free English Teaching session for students and adults who wanted to improve English listening, reading, speaking and grammar skills in collaboration with TDA local team. Free English class was advertised in the local media, requesting interested students and adults to register. There were more than 600 people expressed their interest and as a preliminary experiment, TDA UK started a free English class with volunteer teachers from UK. The teachers are from Tamil diaspora community and English-speaking well-wishers. The classes are held on Saturday and Sunday Sri Lanka time 7:00 pm.
High performing but economically disadvantaged 24 students from Thenmaradchi schools were selected and provided studentship for 12 months to continue their education. TDA supported program was praised by parents and teachers. Students from 7 different schools were identified for this year’s studentship program. TDA is looking for sponsors to extend the program for further students. Anyone interested to sponsor a studentship, please contact TDA executive committee. See the contacts in the webpage.
Thenmaradchi zone wishes to improve the English proficiency of secondary school teachers in its schools and to update their teaching skills with current teaching methodologies and techniques. Doing so will give schoolchildren in this zone access to higher quality teaching and models of English.
TDA sponsored a British Council run English Tearsh’ Training program to increase teachers’ confidence in speaking and using English in the classroom. The improvement expected in the context of teaching English which will provide participants with techniques and activities focused on a learner-centred classroom.
25 Thenmaradchi based English teachers were selected in a fair way with the objective of:
- identifying their English proficiency level and
- providing a selected group of English teachers with 25 hours of English for Teaching at the appropriate level
The training programme focused on:
- increasing participants’ confidence in using spoken English
- increasing participants’ use of English in their classrooms, and
- supporting participants in using learner-centred teaching approaches.
The TDA UK and branch Organisations are launching a new fund called the Thenmaradchi Education Fund (TEF) to support talented Thenmaradchi students and those who cannot afford to continue their education. After discussions with the Education department and School principals in Thenmaradchi, the TDA has identified many young talented students that have dropped out of schools or higher education. This has predominantly been due to their poor family background. The TDA considers Education as one of the key pillars to develop the region and education is one of our key founding objectives.
The Thenmaradchi Education Fund (TEF) is exclusively for educational development and will be used to support Thenmaradchi students studying at schools or universities by providing studentships, scholarships and educational emergencies which enables them to continue and excel in their education. Students will be selected based on a set of criteria including their hardships, affordability and educational standards. Continuation of funding will be reviewed based on the educational performances and achievements of the students. Emergency situations will also be considered on an individual’s circumstances. The TDA will work with the Thenmaradchi Divisional Education Department to set up a selection panel and to develop the criteria and selection process.
The TDA will mobilise its global organisations to top up the fund annually which will be deposited and managed by the TDA Thenmaradchi. The TDA welcomes donors who wish to establish Educational Student Ships or Scholarships in memory of their loved ones. The TDA will publish every donor’s name with their discretion and fund status regularly through the TDA website. The TDA hopes that the fund will increase in size every year with the support of global support. The number of students that can be supported will be decided based on the fund’s availability. The TDA and Thenmaradchi Divisional Education will communicate about the fund at schools in Thenmaradchi. Education is a basic need and a key factor for the development of Thenmaradchi. The TDA expects the TEF initiative will unlock the potentials of students who could not have otherwise continued their education. The TDA expects support from people all over the world to make this initiative successful.
TDA UK Executive Committee
5 – September – 2016
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As part of TDA’s Educational and Skill Development Program, TDA supports Pre-Schools in Thenmaradchi.
Currently TDA funds Allarai Pre-School and Kalvayal Pre-School to improve their educational programs. TDA envisions a good pre-school education develops a good foundation for their secondary and higher education.
Allarai Pre-School Project:
Kalvayal Pre-School Project: