ISSN: 1391 - 0531
Sunday March 9, 2008
Vol. 42 - No 41
Financial Times  

AIESEC undergrads to help underprivileged school children

By Bandula Sirimanna

AIESEC, the world’s largest student run international organization has stepped in to assist underprivileged school children in Sri Lanka. The AIESEC chapter of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura is launching a project on education focused on improving the English Language knowledge of students of underprivileged schools. A spokesperson of AIESEC Sri Lanka chapter told The Sunday Times FT that two schools in Colombo and four in Negombo have requested for foreign undergrads to teach English in order to enhance their language, communication and presentation skills.

Currently the project team is raising partnerships with the corporate sector of Sri Lanka to take part in this endeavor. The main aspect which holds back most students from underprivileged schools is the lack of English Language. Due to this reason such students face difficulties in obtaining knowledge on subject matters from books and the internet. For this project AIESEC undergraduates from other European countries who like to render their service, teaching English Language voluntarily, will come to Sri Lanka in order to help the school children of selected local schools. This project also provides strong learning opportunities for students as well as teachers to extract advanced learning and teaching techniques used in developed countries, to experience other cultures and to enjoy living diversity

AIESEC in Sri Lanka is one of the strongest group of the international network of AIESEC, with over 100 undergraduates from the Universities of Sri Jayewardenepura, Moratuwa, Kelaniya and Colombo.


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