Gnanam Education Trust Jaffna launches series of education courses
The Gnanam Education Trust (GET) in Jaffna established in 2011 as a Non-Profit Organisation in memory of A. Y. S. Gnanam to provide education to the underprivileged is launching a series of education courses to meet the modern day HR requirements of youth.
As its first initiative The Trust established a training centre inVavuniya for teaching English, Sinhala and IT Skills for people who face difficulties to spend on education. Due to high demand as its second initiative GET was established as Professional Skills Development Centre (PSDC) in Jaffna with state of the art classrooms to provide the same services in Jaffna.
This was mainly initiated by Managing Director, Rhino Roofing Products Ltd Jey Gnanam. Furthermore, PSDC in Jaffna provides other educational services and opportunities as needed by the local society to arm them with the skills needed for securing gainful employment. This includes career guidance from the many stakeholders that have become associated with those that are in the companies started by its late Founder. PSDC Centre Manager in Jaffna Hhylin Rajeevan Ratnam said that the next intake of students for the Certificate in English Language would commence in February2022 and this would be followed by a Certificate Course in Sinhala. “Our next aim is to have a 6 month French Course.”
In a bid to enhance students speech skills a Toastmaster Speech Craft Training program too would be held. “One of our most sought after courses are the Certificate in Computer Applications (NVQ3level) and Hardware courses for students looking at future ICT sector employment. PSDC Centre after studying the future emerging HR trends also conducts Area Tourist Guides program with the assistance of Sri Lanka Northern Tourist Board. “In a bid to get youth involved in the agriculture sector andadd modern techniques to it we will soon launch an Agri Training program as well.”
One of the other key areas the truest focus on is the Teacher Training program on Activity based Zonal English (ABOE) which is being conducted with the assistance of Jaffna Zonal Education Department.
“We also pay an incentive for those studying with us.”Our Vision is to provide innovative, effective and integrated training for people in skills they need to enjoy the dignity that comes with employment, independence and self-reliance,” she said.
Administrative Assistant PDSC in JaffnaVithusha Nilojan Deluxshan said that they have already produced around 100 qualified students and around 60 are currently following courses. There are around 15 volunteer teachers and we also get foreign volunteers from time to time.“