aiming to be mountain biking capital in Asia
Some 100 cyclists, comprising local enthusiasts and foreign
tourists, were flagged off at Kani Lanka Resort and Spa (formerly
Hotel Sindbad) Kalutara last week on a short cycling tour aimed at
promoting adventure tourism in Sri Lanka.
preparing to cross a river.
travelled on the two-hour introductory route of the pilot cycle
trail around Kalutara and Wadduwa, ending at the Hotel Mermaid,
statement said the southwest coast from Wadduwa to Koggala has been
divided into eight sections for the cycle trail, with each of these
sections representing two hours of normal cycling, between 20 to
30 km depending on the terrain. Four other areas have been identified
for a mountain bike trail network of international standard. The
four trails, dividing Sri Lanka into areas with its own individual
characteristics, are the coastal route with 240 kms, the ancient
city region with 150 kms, the Sabaragamuwa Province with 200 kms
and the hill country with 300 kms of trails. The selection is based
on the existing village trails, availability of accommodation, incorporating
existing tourist attractions, and areas of outstanding natural beauty.
The Sri Lanka
Tourism Cluster formed under the aegis of The Competitiveness Initiative/USAID
has decided to develop a national network of cycle trails, endorsed
by the Sri Lanka Tourist Board, with the aim of developing Sri Lanka
into an internationally recognised mountain biking adventure destination,
which, in time, will become the Mountain Biking Capital of Asia.
"The country has an existing infrastructure of dirt tracks,
a multiplicity of biodiversity and a wide range of geographic, historical
and cultural features within a relatively compact area, which makes
it ideally suited to mountain biking," said the Chairman of
the Tourism Cluster and Chairman of Aitken Spence, Prema Cooray.
Sri Lanka Adventure Operators' Association (SLAOA) headed by Thilak
Weerasinghe of Lanka Sportreizen, has been working with the Cluster
to co-ordinate the effort to implement the trail and depending on
its success will extend the network across the country.
of Adventure Sports Lanka was responsible for mapping out the trails
and explained the route to the cyclists, reiterating that Sri Lanka
should build on its clear advantage for mountain biking as regional
countries, such as the world renowned mountaineering and hiking
destinations of Nepal or the diving and snorkeling destinations
of the Maldives, have superior resources that enable them to better
compete in other adventure tourism activities.
C. B. Fernando, Consultant, Programme and Project Development, Skills
People learn only when they believe they can learn
and when that learning helps them to obtain an incentive they value.
This is the general manner in which the expectancy theory explains
a process by which a person's behaviour changes as a result of experience.
Effective trainers understand this and use it to facilitate learning.
Today's trainers need to be aligned towards the best and the latest
training techniques, which make use of human behaviour changes rather
than the mastery of their skills alone.
Development Fund Limited (SDF) had been conducting highly interactive
and successful workshops on "Training of Trainers" during
the last two years. The SDF is a collective enterprise of the government
and the private sector established to cater to the human resources
development needs of employers.
completion of these "Training of Trainers" programmes,
the participants will be able to plan, organise and deliver highly
specialised programmes of training and train others systematically
with their knowledge and skills related to their individual specialisations
within their organisations.
The first of
these two-day "Training of Trainers" programmes conducted
by SDF in 2000 helped a leading plantation company.
It was highly
successful to an extent that after six months, their per tapper
rate of latex collection had gone up by 1 1/2 kilos to 7 1/2 kilos
per day. Considering the several hundreds of tappers so trained
by the thirty-five best tappers who got this training as trainers,
the daily output within the plantation had been tremendously improved.
SDF, with a
mission to enhance enterprise competitiveness and effectiveness
through training and development, has so far conducted eight such
workshops of training, which included several leading plantations,
manufacturing and service organisations both in the state and private
very common and familiar problems, worked out as role-plays, are
minimised with participants as role-players. Most trainers have
experienced torturous role-plays with potential learning because
of learners' nervousness and inability to assume and reproduce the
full characteristics of a role.
ensures that workshop participants can quell nerves and repeatedly
replicate familiar personalities and daily observed behaviour provided
they are engaged in a topic which enhances their confidence.
have endurance and, once briefed by the specialised trainer on the
essentials of platform skills and the role to be played, will sustain
a role far longer than any arbitrarily delegated role-player. Role-playing
by real actors has been used extensively in situations including
training for customers facing difficult situations.
technique allows a complex business or training situation to be
considered from a new perspective and with greater objectivity.
Learners watch their colleagues perform one-act, self-contained
plays that bring about a learning message.
Then the trainer
facilitates discussion about parallels with the real-life training
situation. This has the benefit of allowing the specialised trainer
to approach the exact business or training situation without the
emotions that the learners might bring to the situation, if handled
"Training of Trainers" workshops conducted as "Theatres
for Training" will help every employee to be confident not
only in his or her role as an integral part of a profit centre and
as an actor in training, but also in how he or she could elevate
other team players to move up the ladder for enhanced responsibilities
in the organisation.
must be equipped to deal with the many demands for change placed
on the organisation: technology changes, customer demands for more
and better service, the competition, and new products emerging at
an increasing rate. All of these demands, and many others, make
it imperative that everyone in an organisation keeps learning.
To do so regularly
requires peer support. That is why everyone must know how to train
on role of private sector in education
Bank-affiliated International Finance Corporation (IFC) has organised
an e-forum this month on the Internet on an issue that is very relevant
to Sri Lanka - enhancing the role of the private sector in education.
The main objectives
of this e-forum seminar are to generate discussion of the main issues
pertaining to private education development, such as policy implications
enabling a greater role for the private education sector, key features
to consider in developing a supportive yet enforceable regulatory
framework, the most appropriate roles for the respective public
and private sectors and gather and share information of examples
that are working in the realm of public-private partnership in education.
The development forum is co-sponsored by the New Zealand Education
Forum and EdInvest with a new topic being introduced each week for
discussion. Experts from various countries are moderating each topic.
1 to 8 forum dealt with "Access and quality" and was moderated
by Michael Latham, Director of EdInvest, which is an Education Investment
Information Facility developed within the World Bank Group as a
forum for individuals, corporations and other institutions to invest
in the market for education.
September 9 to 15 forum on "Governance, management and accountability:"
was moderated by Norman LaRocque, a policy advisor and a consultant
to the Education Forum. The September 16 to 22 issue is on finance
with the moderator being Neil McIntosh, chief executive of CBT Education
The final sessions
are on "Public Private Partnerships that Work" between
September 23 to 30, moderated by Ron Perkinson, senior education
specialist at the Health and Education Group, IFC.
IFC said that
in response to societal demands, the private education sector in
many countries has been growing rapidly. "These private delivery
systems, however, have often emerged spontaneously and in discreet
pockets in response to excess demand. There is a need to put these
various initiatives in context and to develop a framework that can
support effective private participation while remaining mindful
of such broader goals as social cohesion," it said.
parties could visit http://vx.worldbank.org/cgi-bin/lyris.pl?join=private-ed
for more details.